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VOL. 157 No. 13 



NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 1945 



CURFEW HURTS ALL BROADWAY 



25% Ceiling on Income Taxation May 
Prolong 20% Amus. Tax Bite Indef 



Washington, March 6. 
The amusement industry, now 
oarrying the weight of a 20% amuse- 
ment tax, has cause .to worry over 
the growing prospects of a proposed 
constitutional amendment which 
would prevent the government from 
levying more than 25% income tax, 
irrespective of the size of the in- 
come. 

Already 17- state legislatures have 
petitioned Congress to put the mat- 
ter to the people for a vote. If 15 
more state legislatures similarly pe- 
tition, Congress would act and there 
Is a very good chance of a favorable 
popular vote on the 25% ceiling. 

If the amendment should carry, 
it would pwbably be a long, long 
time before the' 20% bites on the- 
atres, niteries, etc., would be low- 
ered—if ever. While some toppers 
In show biz would benefit substan- 
tially by the reduction, lower peace- 
( Continued on page 52 1 



Latch On to Frock Coats, 
Song Ploggers, and Get 
Into Madison Ave. Groove 

By DON WALSH 

That's the advertising business for 
you! ' 

Here's Batten, Barton, Durstinc & 
Osborn, Inc., known far. and -wide 
as one of the most conservative and 
staid agencies in the field, winding 
up as— ef- all things— a songplugger. 

Chronology of this strange state 
of affairs follows: 

Oneida, Ltd., manufacturers _ of 
Community silver plate, of Oneida. 
N. Y., through BBD&O, have been 
conducting a mag campaign based 
on returning servicemen using a 
aeries of reproduced paintings in 
color titled, "Back Honie For 
Keeps." All the pictures showed a 
."back home" GI greeting his sweet- 
heart as a tie-in with Oneida's post - 
war merchandising campaign. 

The theme clicked and letters (oi 
reprints started coming in. from 
servicemen and their gals from all 
(Continued on page 49 1 



Patriotic Anyway 

Miami Beach, March 6. 
As soon as the curfew went 
into effect, the "patriotic - ' if. 
otherwise scofflaw gamblers 
posted notices that, because of 
the midnight curfew, chemin-de- 
fer, roulette, craps, etc., would 
start earlier. . S.o now they're 
gambling from 1 p.m. on, but 
close at the witching hour, per 
the Byrnes edict. 



Summer a Hot Period 
For Film Names' P.A.s 
But Prices Create Bar 

Summer let-up in picture making 
and pressure by studios on their 
stars to go into vaude are expected to 
produce a bumper crop of names on 
the vaude circuits this summer. 
Major hitch for vauders, at the mo- 
ment, however, is the high price tags 
hung on the film people. 

John Carroll is now being submit- 
ted at $5,000 weekly, while William' 
Bendix and W. C. Fields, both on 
the market for about two weeks, 
have been' nixed so far by bookers 
because of prices. Bendix came with 
a $10,000 weekly tag, while Fields 
was appraised at $12,000. 

John .Boles is being submitted to 
vaude houses for $5,000 weekly, just 
double his salary since his last va- 
riety date. . Reason for the upped 
wage is his run in the successful 
(Continued on page -49) 



Home Radio Sets at Peak 
Despite No Production 

Washington, March 6. 
A total of 33,100,000 individual 
American homes now have radio 
receiving sets, the largest number 
In history. This despite the fact 
that there has been no production 
of radio receivers during the last 
couple of years. 

Figure was announced here yes- 
terday (Mon.) by Lewis Avery, NAB 
director of broadcast advertising. 
• Increase came about, said Avery, 
through the shift of many sets from 
homes, which had more than one 
into homes that had none pre- 
viously. 



CURFEW SEEN NIPPING 
SEVENTH WAR LOAN 

The curfew will doubtless be re- 
fleeted when the 7th War Loan drive 
starts in May. Volume - of bonds 
■M by actors in night clubs and 
1 oalres was important in the previous 
drives, but with those places dark 
the sale to individuals will certainly 
be clipped! That is where .the 
Treasury Department is due to step 
in. 

A long, tough grind for theatres 
and other branches of show biz in 
the coming Seventh War Loan Is 
seen on the basis of Friday's an- 
nouncement by Treasury Secretary 
Henry Morgenthau, Jr. ' 

He announced a $14,000,000,000 
goal, of which $7,000,000,000 is to be 
sold to individuals. Of this, a rec- 
ord-breaking $4,000,000,000 quota is 
earmarked for Series "E" bonds, the 
kind sold in film houses and by 
some other centers of amusement. 

Drive will formally Tim from May 
14 to June 30. However, an "inten- 
sification" of "E" bond sales will 
begin April 9 and will carry through 
until July 7. This- indicates that the 
theatres, etc., will be ( pushing bonds 
for Uncle Sam for ' three months 
without a breather. 



A GHOST STREET 
AFTER MIDNIGHT 



By JACK PULASKI 

Broadway 1h turning into a ghost 
street. * 

That's the way it looks after one 
week of midnight curfew. Other 
localities are similarly affected but 
for the world's greatest metropolis 
to fold' up like a tanker in the deep 
sticks is incongruous. It's quite evi- 
dent that the curfew is the most 
radical wartime experiment in the 
nation's history, and by placing the 
citizenry on what is in effect martial 
law, Broadway has been- hardest hit. 

If the curfew Is not modified or 
eliminated, the legit season may 
terminate disastrously. Broadway is 
loaded with shows, many of them 



Fix-Radio Boys on Coast Stake Video 
Claim; Prelude to East West Waif are? 



Curfew's effect on Broadway 
legit therewith. 

' Effect on the national picture 

boxoffices Page 8 ' 

Effect on niterjes 7iationalll/ 
(biz off 25-45%) . . ..... .Page 23 



standout successes, but the agency 
sale of tickets, even for those legit 
hit attractions, is slowing up. while 
(Continued on page 23) 



They Get Drunk Fast 
Now and Also Gum Up 
Legits Coincidental^ 

. During the first week of the cur- 
few it was noticed that more play- 
goers arrived at theatres well- 
liquored than heretofore. It was 
more evident among parties of four, 
six or eight persons rather than 
couples. ' 

A Navy Commander accompanied 
by his wife entered a hit-legiter 
so over-exhilarated that wife 
tripped going down the aisle, falling 
on her face. Because of the disturb- 
ance they were politely ushered to 
the lobby. Officer explained he 
was just in from extended sea duty. 
Knowing there was little time to 
celebrate after the performance, they 
imbibed during and after dinner. 



The Lunchtime Beat 

Another effect of the curfew: 
Winchell and- Lyons are cover- 
ing Lindy's at lunchtime, and 
Winchell is going back to Catch- 
ing shows— anything to- keep 
busy. 

"Besides, seeing the shows," 
says the suntanned Winchell, just 
back from his annual prolonged 
vacation in Florida, "will give, 
me something to chin about after 
midnight." - .' 

The big thing now is where to 
go after 12. Looks like a big 
ginrummy season, and. the guy 
with, the most liquor winds up 
playing host to his cuffo guests. 



Taxi (Booze) Service 

The peripetatio bootlegger is 
another new curfew evolution 
among Hie nighthawk cabbies. 
If you look right they hoist a 
bottle of Scotch or rye for .a 
quick swig in the back seat as 
they chauffeur you around. 



More Burdens Placed 
On Homef ront Good For 
GIs Abroad— Malone 

Confirming the impression that 
what is behind the midnight curfew 
is soldier opinion abroad, Ted Ma- 
lone, Blue network correspondent 
just back from the European Theatre 
of Operations, Monday (5) said, 
"Any ruling which puts more bur- 
den on the people at home raises the 
morale of GI's abroad. 

"Not that they get malicious glee 
out of it. but they feel that oivlllans 
in the U. S. must bo made to realize 
that this .war is a hellish thing, and 
we must all sacrifice .in order to win 
it," he added. 

' He declared that GIs fighting up 
close to the front are most grateful 
for USO-Camp Shows troupers who 
bring entertainment to them. 
Troupes are known to have been 
playing for oompanies in towns in 
Belgium immediately prior to their 
recapture by the Germans lata last 
year. Several times, due to prevail- 
ing conditions, such as lack of space 
on troop trains and rest bases behind 
the front lines, singers would have 
to go through their paces without 
any accompaniment at all. 

"It's easy to please people who 
have so little, Malone said. 

He condemned the newspaper 
(Continued on page 46) 



By ABEL GBEEN 

Always agitating that -the Goast 
become the capital of all show busi- 
ness, the pix-radio bunch thinks It* 
really has something now in tele- 
vision as 1 the cohvinccr. To hear 
the Coast film and. broadcasting 
studio, executives, give out, there'a 
no question but that the .blending 
ot the two arts, via video, must 
make Hollywood the focal point for 
all television, 

When one reminds the Coastltes 
that with the Broadway legit, plus 
Radio City as a New York landmark, 
plus some still existing eastern film 
studios, the east might well become 
the television centre, it gets th« 
coast defenders Into a stew all over 
again. 

But, east or west, there's no gain- 
(Continued on page J) 



'Voulez-Vous Cut a Rug/ 
Yank GI Jive Impact 
On Not-Too-Gay Pirn 

American films, four and five 
years, old, are doing sensational 
business in the cold, unheated' 
houses of Paris, according to Burnet 
Hershey, playwright, radio com- 
mentator and Liberty's war cor- 
respondent, who last week returned 
from a four-month trip on the Con-, 
tinent. 

These films appeared miraculously 
almost Immediately after Allied IfD- 
eration of the city, and have sine*' 
been playing to paoked houses, with 
crowds waiting in the cold for hours 
to get in. It was explained by Her- 
shey that some exhibitors, caught 
short with the pictures when the 
Germans entered the city, hid them 
(Continued on page 55) 



Hue ti;leyisio\ 




MISCELLANY 



Wednesday, March 7,. 1945 



Fullers Sell Out in New Zealand 
For $2,000,000, Expand in Aussie 



Sydney. March 6. 

The Fullers are moving out of New 
Zealand after 50 years. Deal was 
closed last week where the Fuller 
New Zealand theatre holdings will 
be taken over by Kerridge Theatres, 
Ltd., powerful independent operators 
headed by Robert Kerrige. Sale was 
lor $2,000,000. 

The Fullers operated and were as- 
sociated willi BO New Zealand film 
houses. A. Ben Fuller, son of Sir 
Ben, was in -charge of the New Zea- 
land end and arranged this deal. Sir 
Ben Fuller fold "Variety" that the 
reason lor selling was to concentrate 
solely on expansion in Australia. He 
taid that it was his intention . to 
build more modern cinemas in all 
key spots when wartime restrictions 
were lifted. He also stated that he 
was making preparations for liw 
taient shows qtiite apart from his 
picture theatre activities. Plans are 
now being finalized for the opening 
of an independent Fuller film ex- 
change in Australia. A. Ben Fuller 
would return to Sydney, where he 
will join Sir Ben and Garnet Car- 
roll on major expansion plans. 



Lowe As Hildy Johnson 
In 'Front Page' Legiter 

. Los Angeles, March 6. 

Edmund Lowe returns to the stage 
as Hildy Johnson in James Cassidy's 
revival of the newspaper play, "The 
Front Page," starting here in about 
six weeks. 

Currently, Cassidy is in Detroit 
with his legit production, "Doll's 
IJnuse. v •■ 




Grade Fields' 7-Month 
World Tour to Entertain 
Aussie, American Troops 

Grade Fields' proposed Australian 
tour, postponed three , times, has 
Anally been set, with, comedienne 
set to leave west coast in May. 
Tour has now been extended to a 
seven-months' world jaunt, largely 
in behalf of troops. Miss Fields will 
entertain Aussie and American 
troops in Australia and New Zea- 
land, then probably visit India on 
way to Europe, arriving back ' in 
U. S. by mid-December. Whole trip 
will be done by air. 

Monty Banks, Miss Fields' hus- 
band, will accompany, as will Doro- 
thy Stewart; New York rep of J. ft 
N. Tait, Aussie theatrical firm. M'.ss 
Stewart, who set up tour, will go 
along as manager and emcee at 
camp concerts. Miss Fields has also 
been lined, up for a limited number 
of civilian concerts in Australia and 
Mew Zealand: 

Aussie tour will be sponsored by 
Australian Amenities (similar to 
USO-Camp Shows in U. S.), with 
India and Europe visit under aus- 
pices of ENSA (British USO). 



THEATRICAL CHARITIES 
SHARE $24,000 DIWY 

First division of charity money 
1 Jttris season was made by the Thea- 
tre Authority last week, total 
amount divided' among the various 
organizations benefited being around 
$24,000. Major shares of $1,875 went 
k to the Actors Fund and the three 
HJ theatrical guilds — Catholic,' Jewish 
and Episcopal— and the same amount 
to Equity, Chorus Equity, Screen 
Actors Guild, American Federation 
of Radio Artists and League of New 
York Theatres. Latter and the 
Equity outfits give around 25% of 
x their sharbs to the Negro Actors 
Guild, balance going to the Actors 
Fxind, while SAG turns its TA 
money over to Stage Relief Fund. 

For the first time the Negro Guid 
Was the beneficiary in toto of a 
Broadway Show, it being "An. :: 
Lucasta," Mansfield. Performance 
was given Sunday (4) by the col- 
ored-cast drama. 



Tibbett Off Tarade' 
In May, Back in June 

Lawrence Tiubolt leaves Lu.l.y 
Strike "'Hit Parade" for four weeks 
in May to frlfll] three concert dates 
on the Coast, returning to the pro- 
gram in June. 

; : Puts an end to, rumors that he wa; 
being cancelled bff the show. Fred 
Wakeman, Foote, Cone & Belding ac- 
count exec for Luckles, stated last 
week' sponsor had no thought of re- 
placing • the Metopera star at the 
- present time or in the Immediate fu- 
ture.' . 

. jiKlbel SmlBi, Organist, will replace 
W**tjlurina bat monthly sojourn 



WB Producer Jerry Wald 
Thinks Studios Should 
Nurture More Writers. 

Burbank, Feb. 26. 
Edifor, "Variety": • I 

The major problem that faces the, 
film factories is securing new writing 
talent. Unfortunately, all the studios 
are looking to Hollywood and New 
York for their source of material 
and for the many years I have been 
around this business I have noticed 
that writers seem to hatch in every 
other hamlet and town in America 
except New York and Hollywood. 
Of course, most of the typewriter 
pounders end up there, but Margaret 
Mitchell, Ben Hecht and Louis 
Bromfleld all seem to have gotten 
their starts in other localities. 

To me, Hollywood has missed the 
boat by not having spent more time 
in developing the typewriter lads 
and lassies. When you begin to 
realize how much money is put into 
digging up and grooming new actors 
and actresses and yet how com- 
pletely is ignored the very founda- 
tion of all pictures — the. writer and 
his material— it leaves me in com- 
plete amazement. The book publish- 
ing business faces the same problem 
that the movie industry does in 
locating young authors, somehow 
figuring out" a plan to subsidize them, 
and subsequently cashing in on the 
fruits of their early developments. 

As you know only too well, radio 
has - managed to discover quite a 
number of new pen pushers: Some 
of them have already migrated west, 
a lot of others prefer to stick to the 
grind, pounding out one or two radio 
shows a week and - ignoring the 
temptations of Hollywood's gold for 
the luxury of being their own bosses. 
Of these, the time element dangles 
over their heads continuously. Yet 
the. pressure of meeting Hollywood 
deadlines is just as great sometimes. 
You've seen it happen s6 many times 
— a bright new author hits the jack 
pot with his first book, is. air-mailed 
out to Hollywood and that is the last 
you hear of him. 

Somehow some, kind of an ar 
rangement should be made to allow 
these young writers to remain in 
Hollywood six months writing pic 
tures and the other six months writ 
ing new novels so that the very 
thing you hired them for'— originality 
and creative ability — Is not dlssl 
pated by the acquisition of some 
swimming pool, membership in three 
or four golf clubs and knowing the 
headwaiters at Ciro's, Chasen's and 
Romanoff's by their first names. 

The way I feel, the writers them 
selves are at fault too, because once 
they step into the. Holly wood quick' 
sand they allow themselves to com 
pletely disappear without too much 
of a struggle. 

But not so with writers like, say 
Albert Maltz. He certainly packs a 
beautiful typewriter punch and he 
has been smart enough to refuse all 
offers of studio contracts, so that he 
can continue his career as a novelist 
A year ago he worked on a script 
"Destination, Tokyol", for me. Then 
quit, went away to finish his novels 
"The Cross and the Arrow," came 
back to Warners and did the 'script 
on the Al Schmld story, "This Love 
of Ours," and recently quit, once 
more to seek new material tor a 
novel. Naturally, Warners are only 
too happy to take him back for an 
other assignment as soon as he -wants 
to come back. 

So you see it can work out if the 
writer wants it to; Most writers, 
however, . don't like the idea of 
spending long, dreary months in the 
constant companionship of their 
typewriters, trying to eke out the 
second novel. The luxury of playing 
their daily gta rummy and worrying 
about the various inter-group .fights 
leaves them very little HtM to 
their second novel. • 
' Jerry WmUL. 



152nd WEEK! 

KEN MURRAY'S 

"BLACKOUTS OF 1946" 
CI Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, Cal. 

"Yes, il'srlrue what they nay about 
Ken Murray— he's tops!" 

ROBERT YOUNG. 



♦ MM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMM H 



SCULLY'S SCRAPBOOK 



Hal Halperin 
Dies in Miami 



Hal Halperin, longtime with "Va- 
riety" as head of its Chicago branch, 
and for many years one of the most 
colorful newspapermen Of the mid- 
west, succumbed to a long illness in 
a Miami hospital Sunday (4). He 
had recently gone to the Florida re- 
sort for a rest. Death was the result 
of a heart ailment He was In his 
late forties. 

To newspapermen in the midwest, 
to show people in Chicago and on 
both coasts Halperin represented 
the closest approach to the human 
dynamo. Of diminutive stature, he 
had an amazing faculty for becoming 
a factor in activities, civic or snow 
biz, that would have been taxing on 
one better equipped physically than 
he. To an associate some years ago he 
confided that his physician had told 
him "to go easy," but Halperin 
passed this off laconically, in fact 
laughed and formed what he called 
the "Coronary Club." 

At the time of his death he was a 
director of a show biz group active 
in the Red Cross War Fund drive in 
Chicago, in addition to being mid- 
west representative for USO-Camp 
Shows. He figured prominently in 
many other civic and charitable ac- 
tivities in Chicago. Highly, regarded 
by Chicago municipal officials, Hal- 
perin was frequently referred to as 
Chicago's "assistant mayor." 
. Halperin joined ^Variety" in 1917, 
as an advertising solicitor in its Chi- 
cago office, then headed by Jack 
Pulaski (loec). The following year 
Sune Silverman (Sime), editor and 
publisher of "Variety," recalled Pu- 
laski to New York and put Jack Lait 
in charge of the Windy City. 

Hal remained as Lait's aide, and 
when Lait shifted east to become 
editor of the New York Mirror, 
Halperin took charge of the branch 
office, a post he held until several 
years ago, when Increasing illness 
forced him to relinquish most of his 
duties. He continued, however, in an* 
emeritus capacity. Bill Hunt suc- 
ceeded Halperin as active head of the 
Chi office, 

Max Halperin, a brother, who is 
also active in Chicago show biz, was 
with him when he passed away. He 
accompanied the body back to Chi- 
cago. Funeral will be held at Piser's 
Undertaking Home 3965 So. Stoney 
avenue Chicago, tomorrow (Thurs- 
day), at 11 a.m. 

Survivors also include widow, two 
daughters and three sisters, one of 
whom is the former vaudeville head- 
liner. Nan Halperin. 



worry about 



TALLUS LULU200G 
ADV ANCE FOR WTiOir 

, Advance sale for "Foolish Notion," 
which the Theatre Guild will bring 
to the Martin Beck, N. Y , next 
Tuesday (13), with'Tallulah Bank : 
head starred, may reach $200,000. 

Boxofflce sale averaged 14,000 
daily last week when the sale be- 
gan. In addition, there were . 23 
sellout theatre parties arranged, such 
block sales approximating $80,000. 

ELTDIGE BIOS TOE PLT 

Hollywood, March #. 
Screen rights to the life story of 
Julian EUioge have been bought 
by Carl Leetmnle, Jr. 
Tale of too Inane i mp erso na tor 
recently completed by Tom 



By Frank Scully ♦♦♦♦♦^ 

. Boom. Town, Cal., March 4. 

That land rush to 29 Palms! Everybody is claiming to have discovered 
the place. Matt Welnstock of the L. A ."News," goes so. far as to credit 
Edith Gwynne of the "Hollywood Reporter" with starting it. He says she 
reported three weeks ago that several picture people had filed for ilve- 
acre cabin sites three miles east of "town," and that since then the roads 
have been crowded with homesteaders and claim- jumpers. One day a 
bunch from Fox makes the trek. The next day it's Universal. Then Par 
takes over. It sounds, Matt says, like a gold rush without the gold. 

For years there have been three sections of land available for home- 
steading around there. Nobody bothered to die claims, however, until 
recently. Now a couple of hundred do so every day, mostly picture people. 
Deal is that the pioneer has to. pay the government $10 for the five acres 
and spend $500 on "improvements." That means a shack, if and when 
materials are released for building. 

The land happens to be a piece of the Mojave Desert left over after 
government surveyors got through matching everybody's titles. It didn't 
seem to belong to anybody. I've told people about it for years. 

Readers of this column (Joe Laurie, Jr., and Mme. Scully) will remember 
that I wrote about 29 Palms far away and long ago. For years- realtors 
have been spieling over the air and pointing' with pride to the fact that 
Frank Scully, Esther Williams' brother, M. G. Watkins, who used to troupe 
with Robert Mantell, and Barbara Page, widow of the first King Features 
dramatic critic, had homes there. In the end the high command became 
so impressed it sent 2,000 sailors there and set up a naval airport (150 
miles from any port) under the recruiting slogan, "Join the Navy and "See 
the Desert." 

. There are 8,000,000 acres of unclaimed land between Casa Nova Scully 
and the Parker Dam, and most of the picture people passing our place 
are directed) to head right over it. After all. we didn't pass up Palm 
Springs for nothing. We passed it up, because when we wanted to get 
away from Hollywood we wanted .to get away. And now look what's hap- 
pened to the Villa Variety of the Mojave Desert. 



The Dice Committee 

That vice just can't get nowhere is again being demonstrated in Call- ' 
fornla. The latest victim of the puritan pressure is Borrah Minevilch who 
got clinked in Sacramento for letting dice roll uninterrupted in a nitery 
he bought into recently. 

Some fugitives from Bob Hope's program 'were standing at the end of 
the bar, minding their own business and throwing dice for the drinks. 
Mlnevitch was entertaining everybody by not playing his harmonica. 
Sacramento never was happier. 

"Arrest that guy," they said. 

"Why?" they were asked. 

"Dice." 

"An old Spanish custom," they were told. "People have been doing it 
these many years." 
"But here they're enjoying themselves," they insisted. "Arrest that guy." 
They did. 

The town hasn't laughed so much since Mark Twain gambled In jumping 
frogs at nearby Virginia City. 



"Derlan Gray" 

Albert Parsons Lewin, "the little guy with a big brfain," was sounding 
off around here one day when Skipper, our first flea from heaven, asked 
with innocent wonder, "Mr. Lewin, when are you goinj to grow up?" 
The kid, of course, meant physically. After seeing Lewin's version of 
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" I gave Skip's question another "take." 

Given enough .rope, Lewin might have become the poet laureate of- 
N. Y. U. He still directs pictures as if he had one eye on his unfinished 
sonnets. The results are beautiful and inclined to stand still." However, 
this is Oscar Wilde's flawless yard of lavender who wishes he could always 
remain young and beautiful while the painting of him shrivels with, age, 
instead of vice versa, and gets his wish. Hurd Hatfield has the title part 
and George Sanders plays Lord Henry Wolton as if he were Oscar Wilde 
in a girdle. 

There probably has never been a picture out of Hollywood more beauti- 
fully made. It has perfect attention to detail, flawless casting and direction. 
But Healing as it does with precious, brittle and useless people, it seems 
a good picture of limited, interest in a day of blood and guts. 

It is reported that the paintings used in the. picture are almost priceless, 
that Ivan le Lorraine Albright, who painted the portrait of Dorian Gray's 
disintegration, didn't even sell this canvas to Metro, but rented it. 

Years ago "Variety" printed a story about an actor who was spraying 
the set with his Dorian dialog and gestures. So the director said to him, 
'Take your hand off your hip and act like a man!" The Dorian replied he 
wasn't hired for character parts. 

"Okay,", snapped the director, "recast him in westerns, where he can ride 
with his hand on his hip and no questions asked." 



D 



Pix-Radio Boy* 

Ceatteeei tnm pas* 1 ss 



saying the seriousness with which 
all look upon video in the near fu- 
ture'. Firstly, it's now a realistic 
studio problem. ■ , 

Both Sid Strotz for NBC and Don 
Searle, Hollywood head of the Blue 
network, for instance, are up against 
it for studio space, aircast or tele- 
cast. CBS is in the same position, 
so far as Columbia Square is con- 
cerned. AU need extra studios, but 
whether to chance going into the 
Valley, where the film studios have 
gone, or to. worry about concentrat- 
ing around Sunset and Vine is the 
big headache. 

Perhaps Strotz says it best when 
he points "to NBC's $10,500,000 
profit last year, of which $3,300,000 
was net, so instead of paying pro- 
ducers $400 a month, let's go but and 
buy the best television brains, and 
experiment while we have this 
fancy income. That's quite a dif- 
ferential spread between a gross 
and a net profit in anybody's busi- 
ness today, so why not employ these 
funds for real returns?" 

As for the film studios, they know 
that pictures for telecasting are in- 
evitable. Many feel that shorts and 
cartoons will prove the ideal fare 
for video, and basic rights are now 
being contractually obtained with 
that in view. 



LUCASTA' DIVIDING 
20G NET MONTHLY 

Among the season's shows clean- 
ing up is "Anna Lucasta," Mansfield, 
N. Y. Colored cast drama is -slicing 
a $20,000 melon monthly and has 
been paying Its backers that much 
velvet for the past three months. 

Last month, with several holidays, 
the net profit was $24,000. That does 
not include the theatre's earnings. 
It looks like one of the record 
money-makers. 



Soph's $25 Editions 

Sophie Tucker's autobiog, "Some 
of These Days," soon due from 
Doubleday-Doran, mjIH have 1.000 
copies of an autographed de luxe edi- 
tion at $25. 

The proceeds will ' be divided 
among the Actors* Fund, Jewish, 
Catholic and Episcopal Theatrical 
Guilds, the Home for the Aged 
(HarUorti. Conn.) and the Sophie 
Tucker Playground Camp Fond. 



Status Qm for Pk Work 

Sacramento, March 6. 

While general employment in the 
Los Angelas area continued its 
monthly drop, work and wages in 
the dim industry daring January re- 
mained stable. 

Average weakly earnings increased 
slightly over those at the preceding 
month to $7Ctt, «eU ahead of the 
January 1944 average 1 of -$71.11- 



Wednesday, March T, 1945 



PICTURES 



FILMS CUED BY INTL COIN PLAN 



Rank Due in U. S. in May, Probably 
WOl Make Strong Pitch for U. S. Mart 



j, Arthur Rank, according to 
sources ' close to his organization, 

?>lans to press strongly for recogn|- 
lon for British films In tin U. S. 
market in. hit •ohaduled meetings 
with T). S. industry leaders in May. 
Rank, who will likely be accom- 
panied by his legal adviser, Wood- 
ham Smith, and theatre operating 
head John Davis as well as Barring- 
ton Gain, will hold out for important 
representation In the U. 3. market. 
$?e is reported planning negotiations 
looking to opening of a substantial 
slice of playing time in U. 3. thea- 
tres for British' films.. 

Understood, also, that Rank plans 
to meet with U.' i. Government of- 
ficials to make representations along 
these lines . and also seek raw film, 
stock allocations necessary for the 
release of his product in the U. S. 
Felt by British film interests that 
reciprocal film trade arrangements 
are necessary towards amicable 
Anglo-American relations; that by 
making U. S. screen as available to 
British product as British theatres 
are 'to American 'product, national 
viewpoints can be best exchanged 
and a better understanding fostered. 

Rank, from accounts, may con- 
■summate a deal for the purchase or 
lease of a large showcase theatre 
in New York, possibly where stage 
shows can also be presented. 

Unpublished Novel 
May Garner 1500 
In Paramount Deal 

Long stretch of inactivity so far, 
this season In the purchase of books 
for film rights was broken over the 
past weekend with deal by Para- 
mount for the screen rights to "Blaze 
of Noon," unpublished novel, which 
may net author, Ernest Gamm.as 
much as $150,000 under various esca- 
lator clauses. It is the most impor- 
tant book buy since "Forever Am- 
ber," which was purchased last sea- 
son by 20th-Fox. 

Understood that Paramount is tak- 
ing an option on "Noon," paying 
$19,000 on the basis of four com- 
pleted chapters and an outline. If 
exercising option Paramount will pay 
$35,000 more when book is com- 
pleted. 

Should novel become a selection of 
one of the major book clubs, author 
would receive $50,000 more, while 
an additional $50,000 is provided for 
if the book hits the best-seller cate- 
gory. Deal on this basis was under 
consideration by several major stu- 
dios, with Paramount reported win- 
ning put. 

"Cannery Row," by John Stein- 
beck,- is another property currently 
under consideration by some studios, 
although none is reported ready to 
meet the $200,000 asking price for 
the screen rights as yet. Some be- 
lieve that the high price would be 
justified only if the Steinbeck novel 
should hit the best-seller lists. 



SAG's Cob Claims 

Hollywood, March ft. 

Screen Actors Guild collected a 
total of $451,141 in claims for film 
extras during the eight years when 
atmosphere players . were Class B 
members, according to a flnal^ tabu- 
lation ending Feb. 1, when SPU be- 
came the extras' bargaining repre- 
sentative. 

Collections ranged from $14,375 in 
1937 to $90,795 in 1945. 



SHEEHAN RECUPERATING 

Hollywood, March 6. 
Recuperating from two operations. 
Winfleld.She.ehan leaves the hospital 
this week and will return to 20lh- 
Fox in time for final details of "Cap- 
tain Eddie," his independent pro- 
duction. 

Filming of the picture during 
Sheehan's illness was carried . on by 
Darryl F. Zanuck and Lloyd Bacon, 
ft Is now in the cutting room. 



Saildrs Beat Up Producer 

San Diego, March 8. 

Man Alexander, film producer, U 
in terioui eondition in a* hospital 
here after an attack by two sailors 
whom he had offered to drive to 
Hollywood, He was thrown from his 
oar and found in a pool of blood be- 
side the highway. 

Alexander releases his produoMons 
through PRf. 



Selznick 8 Own 



London, March 8. 

While rumors persist that David 
O. . Selzniek plans .to start his own 
distribution organization in England 
after completing two more pictures 
for United Artists release, more 
likely that the producer will have a 
group of hie own distribution execs 
for a starter to supplement the regu- 
lar UA sales force. 

David .Griffiths, Selzhick's Lon- 
don Tep, will likely be in .charge of 
anticipated expansion in operations. 

Also reported here that Republic 
and Monogram plan to open ex- 
changes; 



WMC'KEYMAN' LIMIT 
HALTS STUDIOS' PLEAS 

Hollywood, Maroh 6. 
. Requests by film studios for defer- 
ments of employees under 30, on the 
plea that they are "key men," have 
ceased suddenly. Cessation Is the 
result of a recent ruling by the War 
Manpower Commission that nobody 
is a "key man" in any industry un- 
less he has had at least IB years' ex- 
perience. 

This ruling applies alike to techni- 
cians and front office men in execu- 
tive jobs, 

Deferment Regulation 

Washington, Maroh 8. 
Requests for draft deferment* for 
key men in. the amusement industry, 
must be filed no later than March 
10, Maurice Green, head of th.j Rec- 
reation Section of the WPB Office of 
Civilian Requirements, has an- 
nounced. 

Under the new Federal plan, de- 
ferments for men under 30 In essen- 
tial activities must be made by ap- 
propriate Government agencies and 
Green's unit is handling it for show 
biz. Deferments for personnel 18 to 
30 must be requested on Form 42-A 
Special, Green explained. Requests 
for ■ deferments of personnel 30-33 
must be. filed on Form 42-A with 
the local draft boards. 

II is understood here that the 
newsreei and particularly the film 
laboratories will apply for a con- 
siderable, number of deferments. Up 
to this point, however, .the Holly- 
wood studios have not indicated 
whether they will seek to keep any- 
one under 30. 

Since most other branches of show 
biz are not rated "essential," they 
will not be able to apply for defer- 
ments. 



Hartman, Goldwyn Sever 

Hollywood, March 8. 
Don Hartman winds up his pro- 
ducer-writer pact with Samuel . Gold- 
wyn May 15. Contract : was abrogated 
by mutual consen t several weeks 
ago, but Hartman is remaining oil 
the job. long enough to complete his 
screenplay for the next Danny Kaye 
picture. 

Meariwhile Hartman is mulling a 
proposition to produce independently 
for Columbia release. 





VS. TRADE ill 



By MORI KBUSHEK 

Outbreak of international eco- 
nomic warfare, which V. S. Govern- 
ment officials and economists warn 
would follow failure to work out a 
formula along the lines of the Bret- 
ton Woods monetary plan, would 
quiokly engulf the vulnerable 
American : motion picture business, 
In the opinion of film toppers. 

Molding both a promise and a 
threat for the U. S. film industry's 
$1^3,000,000 annual export trade, 
final decision on the Bretton Woods 
monetary proposals for economic 
collaboration may spell either, main- 
tenance, possibly expansion ot-U. S. 
film trade abroad, or a dangerous 
'constriction In both foreign and do- 
mestic film operations. That's the 
belief of industry execs watching for 
the outcome of the Bretton Woods' 
controversy for a clue to film in- 
dustry prospects ' at home and. 
abroad. 

Devaluation of foreign currencies 
alone could quickly , reduce Ameri- 
can film company revenues by $50,- 
000,000 to $75,000,000 a year. (Film 
industry is considered more vul- 
nerable than any other' because the 
film is now recognized by foreign 
powers not merely as a commodity 
but as a communications medium 
which other nations are preparing to 
harness for their own respective 
propaganda and world trade needs;) 

A double threat would confront 
the U. S. foreign film trade on the 
economic front— the threat of 
blocked balances abroad combined 
with currency depreciation. .There's 
already talk of reducing the value 
of the English • pound sterling from 
$4 to $3. This would mean an auto- 
matic decline in the value of U. S. 
film exports to Britain of some 
$20,000,000 to $25,000,000 annually 
even if rental and British theatre- re- 
ceipts are maintained at wartime 
levels' in the postwar area. 

France, too, Is believed getting set 
for eventual devaluation of the 
franc. While officially valued at 2c, 
the franc has been bringing about 
He on the black or uncontrolled 
(Continued on page 52V 



WB Sets New Film 
Low, Only 25 Pix 

Reported that Warner Bros, will 
establish a new all-time low for ma- 
jor picture oompanles by delivering 
legs then 25 features this season 
(1944-45), taking it up to Sept. 1. 

This is likely to be revealed on 
Friday (9) when Ben Kalmenson, 
general sales manager for WB, holds 
a homeoffice sales conference to out- 
line distribution plans and sales pol- 
icy for the remainder of the season. 

In addition to company's field dis- 
trict managers, h.o. execs to attend 
will include Bort Blumenstock, Roy 
Haines, Jules Lapidus, Norman H. 
Moray, I. F. Dolid. Ed Hinchy and 
Stanley Hatch. 

VAN DRUTEN TO ADAPT 
TURTLE' PLAY FOR WB 

John van Druten has agreed to do 
the screenplay of his "Voice of the 
Turtle" when Warner Bros. Alms it 
in a couple of years. 

Tie playwright, allergic to Holly- 
wood scrivening, guested WB's N, Y„ 
story exec, Jake Wilk, at his (van 
Druten's) California ranch, and there 
the deal was consummated. Wilk 
just got back from a two-month Coast 
stay after huddling with J. L. War- 
ner on other story properties, . 



No Matter the Readjustments in Pix 
Operation, No Question the Curfew 
Cuts B O. in Keys; Figure 5-10% Dip 



8 P. M. Changeovers 

Chicago, March 6. 

To make up for loss- of rev- 
enue caused by midnight curfew, 
Warner Bros, theatres have ad-, 
vanoed times, of price changes in 
its three top houses here on Sat- 
urday from 6 to 5 p.m. 

Move is cueing a trend in same 
direction on part of other clr-. 
cults. 



Leo Spitz's Checkup 

Hollywood, March 6. 

Leo Spitz (International Pictures) 
':■: in the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital 
••.here he went Sunday (4). 

He's in for a general checkup. 



Schaefer Sets 
Tomorrow' Deals 

. With George J. Schaefer on point 
of finalizing partnership deal with' 
Lester Cowan, United Artists has 
reportedly resumed distribution of 
"Tomorrow, the World," which had 
been temporarily held up. Schaefer 
has ironed out and approved many 
of some 400 contracts previously re- 
jected by the Cowan office which 
had held out for higher terms and 
better dates. 

Also under consideration is plan 
to tie "Tomorrow, the World" in 
with Cowan's forthcoming "GI Joe," 
with both pictures to be sold on a 
single contract if the proposal is 
adopted by Cowan. 

Though deals on "Tomorrow" do 
not bear the Schaefer signature, 
since he had not formally joined the 
Cowan organization at last reports, 
understood that the distribution exec 
handled the' deals on "Tomorrow" 
on which objections had been raised 
by the Cowan office. 

Schaefer's deal . with Cowan, first 
reported in "Variety" several weeks 
ago, when consummated, would call 
for. a salary and profit-participation. 
Sohaefer had planned to leave N. Y. 
next week for the Coast to huddle 
.with Cowan and gander "GI Joe." 
He may postpone trip, however. 

His deal with Cowan, it was stated 
last week by sources close to 
Schaefer, is still under discussion 
and; no agreement has been signed. 

EDDIE MANNIX HEADS 
H'WOOD PRODUCERS 

Hollywood, March 8. 

B. J. Mannix of Metro was elected 
president of Producers Association, 
yesterday (5) to succeed Y. Frank 
Freeman. Paramount studio head, 
who held tlie-post for four years. B. 
B. Kahane. of Columbia, was 'named 
first vice-president, and Cliff Work, 
of Universal, second veepee. Fred 
W. Beetson was i named executive 
y.p. James Howie was given post 
of sec.-tre.as., job formerly held by 
Beetson. Latter has been ill for 
more than a year and has spent only 
a few days at his desk. 

Beetson was also reelected presi- 
dent of Central Gasting Corp., with 
Howard * Philbrick elected v-p.,- at 
same time retaining his post as gen. 
mgr. Howie was- named sec.-trcas. 
of Central. 

All members of board were re- 
elected with exception of Col. Jay- 
son Joy, who was replaced by 
Joseph M. Schenck, former prexy of 
Association'. Other directors named 
are Freeman, Samuel Goldwyn, 
Kahane, Charles Koerner, Mannix, 
Work, H. M. Warner and Allen Wil- 
son.' Worrier was reelected director 
without comment, although Warners 
have , served notice . that they will 
withdraw from Producers Associa- 
tion,' as well as Motion Picture Pro- 
ducers and Distributors of America, 
upon six months' notice effective 
May 1. 



+- Midnight curfew is taking a sub- 
stantial slice out of motion picture 
theatre receipts' in many sectors 
throughout the' U. S., according to 
N. Y. home office execs. It's con* 
sidered an automatic reduction in 
weekly b.o. (predicated on shorter 
running time), which in some in- 
stances Is estimated as high as 10% 
although this . percentage will likely 
be offset by revamped methods of 
operation. Major, execs, point out 
that from 66 to 75% of the total 
national gross is earned by around 
20% of the total number of theatres 
in the country; that these key the- 
atres are located in large cities 
where the curfew is mainly felt. 

Reduction In weekly take, during 
first week of curfew, of such thea- 
tres as the Roxy, Music Hall, Para- 
mount, Capitol, in N. Y., is esti- 
mated ranging from $10,000 upwards 
due to earlier closing hour, with 
boxofflces. being closed by around 
10 p.m. and In some - cases earlier. . 
Regardless of the strong grosses 
many instances, that is the amount 
which execs calculate would have 
been taken in additionally without - 
curfew.' Thus, the curfew need not 
necessarily result in a large reduction 
in ..the national gross, since war con- 
ditions continue the dominant factor. 
It may serve as a brake, however, 
to any further climb iii receipts find 
is being felt. 

Cut in attendance is being com- 
puted in terms of large cities rather 
(Continued, on page 54) 



REISMAN'S PARIS TRIP 
PRELUDES U.S. ENTREE 

Heads or ■ foreign departments of 
American film companies may soon . 
be enabled to enter France for busi- 
ness purposes, paving v)ay.for mora, 
amicable Franco-American ,film in- 
dustry relations. 

Phil Reisman, RKO v.p. in charge 
of foreign distribution, reportedly ar- 
rived in Paris over the weekend. H«' 
is the first U. S. film com pany f ore-,' 
ign .department head to be given, 
permission to visit France. 

Difficulty in getting visas to go 
into France in recent months has. 
been a sore point with U. S. major 
companies, particularly in view of 
the entries okayed for British film 
reps. 




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Vol.157 dgSSSS!^ NO. 13 

INDEX 

Bills 49 

Chatter ....' 55 

Film Reviews . 20 

House Reviews 25 

Inside Legit ; ... . . . .'•';• 50 

Inside Music 44 

Inside Orchestras . 44 

Insirje Pictures . ....... 27 

Inside Radio 37 

Legitimate 50 

Literati . ■. . . 55 

Music 42 

New Acts .................. 49 

Night Club Reviews. 43 

Obituary ., ... 48 

Orchestras ...... ../..'.. 42 

Pictures .... — ■ • • 3 

Radio 30 

Radio Reviews ...... ... 38 

Frank Scully ........ — ... 2 

Unit Reviews . . . 49 

Vaudeville. . ......... .... 47 

War Activities ■..-..• 4 

DAILY VAB.'CTT 

(Published In Hollywood or 
Dally Variety. Ltd.) 
110 • Year— 111 Panic* 



WAS ACTIVITIES 



W«Jacfltay, Marek 7, 1945 



Red Cross m March IS N. Y. Teeoff 
With Times Square Demonstration 



Theatre collection campaign lor 
Red Cross tees off In New York on 
faarch 15 In Times Square with a 
demonstration to be staged at the 
Statue of Liberty. Plans are to pre- 
■ent a pageant with children of the 
-various United Nations appearing in 
their native costumes. Brooklyn 
rally is scheduled for - March 14, 
while the Queens Chapter Red Cross 
Parade and Rally has been set for 
March 17. 

In Dallas more than 200 exhibitor 
and distribution reps attended cam- 
paign meeting last week to map 

?ilans for participation in the mo- 
ion picture industry's drive from 
March 15-21. Plans were mapped to 
•nsure maximum collections in some 
MO theatres in Texas. 

Industry Red Cross meeting in 
Boston late last month drew attend- 
ance of more than 250 . exhib and 
distribution reps. It was revealed 
that 520 of New .England's 715 thea- 
tres had pledged cooperation in the 
campaign and others were expected, 
to line up before the drive tees off. 

In Kansas City it has been an- 
nounced that 360 theatres had 
pledged Red Cross participation as 
compared With 309 pledges at' the 
same time last year. 

In St Louis. Albert Stetson, co- 
ordinator of war activities for Fan- 
chon & Marco and the St. Louis 
Amusement Co., pledged $3,000 gifts 
from each corporation. $1^00 from 
70O employees and $22,500 in audi- 
ence collections. Announcement was 
also made of a contribution of $1,000 
from Local 143,- Motion Picture Ma- 
chine Operators; J320 from Warner 
Bros.; $150 from Republic: $1,000 
from Paramount; $280 from Na- 
tional Screen Service; $225 from 
Universal 

Reports from Nebraska, Washing- 
ton, California and Ohio, indicate 
virtually 100% cooperation by thea- 
tre operators in those areas. • 



HeJIywee* Becer* Indicated 

Hollywood, March 6. 

First returns on the film industry's 
1845 Red Cross drive, only three 
days after the start, showed 5,562 
subscriptions out of a totaH of 25,000 
potential donors. Early figures in- 
dicated a - high total, according to 
Walter Wanger, chairman of the 
Hollywood branch of the campaign. 

Largest number of studio con- 
tributors were reported from Metro,. 
■With Universal a close runner-up. 



Salute to Hollywood 
Victory Committee Read 
Into Congress I Record 

Washington, March 6. 
The' war record of the Hollywood 
Victory Committee. was placed in the 
Congressional Record last week by 
Rep. Gordon L. McDoriough, Holly, 
wood's new congressman. 

"I would like to recount briefly a" 
few of the services they have ren- 
dered to our armed forces on all bat- 
tlefronts of the world." he said in 
the statement. . 

• "Members of the Hollywood Vic- 
tory Committee have: traveled 4,- 
000,000 miles; made 37,979 free ap- 
pearances; sent 139 guest stars to ap- 
pear on the fighting "fronts; provided 
341 actor players for 324 camp and 
hospital shows; given 1,510 one-night 
stands at embarkation points; helped 
the War Dept. Armed Forces Radio 
Service with making- 1,574 entertain- 
ment transcriptions; volunteered the. 
services of 233 actors and musicians, 
in six War Loan Bond Selling drives; 
made 100 broadcasts and transcrip- 
tions for CIA A; cooperated with the 
War Activities. Committee of the 
motion picture industry in producing 
37 film shorts for distribution in 16,- 
000 theatres; assisted the Red Cross, 
Infantile Paralysis Foundation. War 
Chest, Army Emergency Relief Fund, 
Navy Relief Society; kept up this 
show every day for three years. 

"Their services have brought 
smiles and happiness to the boys at 
the front when keeping up morale 
was a tough job for their command- 
ing' officers. They all deserve credit 
and applause tor their work. They 
are good American citizens and have 
done their best by lending their tal- 
ents to help win the war." 



Tot Nefrt Sports Start 
Set for Overseas Jarat; 
Draft Boards Nil Two 

A Negro sports unit— tint of iti 
kind— is finally going overseas for 
USO-Camp Shows this month, with, 
however, two outstanding athletes 
forced to stay behind by arbitrary 
rulings of local draft board* 

Group will include Henry Arm- 
strong, prize-fighter; Kenny Wash- 
ington, former AIl-Araerican foot- 
ball star .at U.CXA; Joe Lillard, 
one-time All-American footballer at 
Oregon U.; Bill Yancey* well-known 
baseball and basketball player, and 
Dan Burley, sportswriter on Amster- 
dam IN. Y.. City > News. Nixed stars 
are Jesse Owens, ex-Olympic track 
star, and Brud Holland, former Cor- 
nell All-American end. 

Holland, who is employed by Sun 
Shipbuilding, was definitely refused 
permission to leave his defense job 
to go overseas, despite its morale 
value. Owens, who has defense job 
with Ford Motors, Detroit, was 
originally refused okay by his home- 
town (Columbus, O.) draft board, 
who threatened to reclassify him as 
1-A if he quit his job for the over- 
seas trip. Later he was okayed on 
a three-month deferment, only to be 
held up again last week, when local 
board passed the buck to Ohio state 
selective service, who in .turn passed 
decision to Michigan state selective 
service because he works in that 
state, board Anally saying no. 

Kenny Washington's draft board 
held up . approval of his going, 
pending an Army physical wherein 
he was classified 4-F. Then it grant- 
ed deferment. 

Refusal to give . deferments for 
overseas- morale trips is based on 
reluctance of some draft boards, to 
take men out of defense jobs. Not 
only can't men be taken, as a 
rule, out of defense plants; they 
can't even be taken out of a post- 
office job. Camp Snows tried to do 
this, sometime back tor. a man for 
their overseas legiter "Porgy and 
Bess,** w ithout success. 



TODHTS ttRMAN FILM 
CHORE MAY BE LTD. 

Hollywood, March ft ■ 
Robert Riskin, OWI Overseas Mo- 
tion Picture chief, had ho comment 
on Billy Wilder's being offered job 
as head of entertainment in Germany. 
Riskin pointed out, however, that job 
didn't mean control of all Germany. 
Whoever gets post Will only be top 
entertainment man in area allotted to 
United States at Yalta conference. 

Sectors controlled by British and 
Russians will undoubtedly have their 
ewn 'appointees from respective coun- 
tries, he stated. Area given to U.S. 
as control zone is Southern Ger- 
many and Austria. 



SalBte to Warner* 

Senator Albert B. Chandler, of 
Kentucky, in an address which was 
printed in the Congressional Record* 
commenting ph the $7,000,000 turned 
over by Harry M. Warner to Army 
Emergency Relief from "This Is the 
Army" showings, stated "This is an 
event almost without precedent It 
reflects credit not only on the. mo- 
tion picture industry but on the 
whole of American industry a* well 
as. that one of our great companies, 
should, give up a large portion of its 
profits for Army Emergency Relief." 

Text of Warner's letter to Gen. 
George- C. Marshall was. inserted in 
the Congressional Record. 



Clayton Hamilton Joins 
USO ; Ross Vice Fox 

Clayton Hamilton, vet playwright 
and critic, has joined USO-Camp 
Shows' New York headquarters as 
administrative .assistant to veepee 
Kawzehee. Phillips, on. salaried basis. 

Is also writing- a book; in addi- 
tion to emceeing *Brownstone The- 
atre" airer over Mutual. ' 

George Ross, former N. Y, World- 
Telegram Broadway columnist and 
amusement editor, took over Monday 
<5) as publicity director at USO- 
Camp Shows New York headquar- 
ters, succeeding- Maxwell Fox.. 

Fox, "completing three years as 
£.a. with Camp Shows, plans re- 
entering commercial pubj. : -ity field. 



Pit Aid Peace as WeO 
AsWar t SaysCeI.Cewai 

" Holly wood. March 6. 
Greatest morale factor among 
American, servicemen is the motion 
picture, according to Lieut. Col. 
Lynn Cowan, motion picture officer 
for three years in Geo. MacArth.ur's 
command. In addition, he declared, 
the film will be an equally great fac- 
tor in rehabilitation • after the war. 
Currently agaiting reassignment at 
Santa Barbara, Lieut. Col. Cowan 
made his report through the Public 
Information Committee of the film 
industry. He said, in part: 

"Just as films, have maintained 
home ties for our soldiers every 
where, they will bring the peoples of 
the world back to the trends of 
world affairs. . America and her al- 
lies face the problem) of overcoming 
the effects at years i of propaganda in 
liberated countries; and nothing cut 
do that job as can the screen." 



RK0's Newsline Break 

Hollywood. March 6". 
Navy is lending RKO 26 Marines, 
geleased from the Cabaiiatuaii prison 
•amp- on. Luzon,' for the opening 
e*4uence of "The Invisible Army," 
glory 'of Filipino guerrilla, warfare. 

Stadias, i» rushing wotk an the plc- 
. tire to cask the curreat interest is 
tte Plnlffl a n 



Navy Sets Up Talent Program 
As Aiswer to Morale Problem 



9th Ak Force Unit 
Returns From O^seas 
ToMakeBoidTov 

The Ninth' Air Force Skyblazers 
unit, one of the first overseas enter- 
tainment 'units set up by the Army, 
has been returned to this country 
and wilt probably go on a bond-sell- 
ing tour. Outfit, consisting of a dozen 
enlisted men headed by Sgt. Harry 
Bernle, an emcee and dancer in 
civilian life, was organized 'in Africa 
before the USO dispatched overseas 
units. . 

Since organization in 1M2, Sky- 
blazers have? played the front lines 
in virtually every ETO campaign. . 

Sgt. Bernie and Bob Panichi, clari- 
netist, were awarded bronze stars, 
Others in the unit included Austin 
Fownley, tenor; Jack Kahn and Bob 
Clements, pianist; Tex Perrln, cow- 
boy singer and guitarist; Ralpkt 
Schlane, impersonator; Jack Wil- 
liams, cemic. and an arch including 
Charles Brown, trumpet; Al Good-, 
man, drummer, and George, Doll, 
bass. . 

Skyblazers carried full-sized ar-. 
senal white traveling. 



Chas. H Core Tree Agaa 

Charles- H. Core, United Artists 
manager m the 'Philippines;, and his 
wife and . daughter, were among the 
Americans recently freed;- from the 
Japanese prison camps in Manila by 
Gen Douglas MacArthur's forces, ac- 
cording to a War Dept. . announce- 
ment. 

The family was taken prisoner by 
the Japs shortly after Pearl Harbor. 
Li. Scully OK 

Lt. John Scully, Jr., son of John 
Scully,. New England district sales 
manager for Universal, has. been 
freed: from, a German prison camp 
by the Russians in their pu9h toward 
Berlin, according to official , word re- 
ceived by the farpily. Scully, Sr„. Is 
a toother of W. A. Scully, v.p, and 
general sales, manager for U at the 
homeofBce, . 



BYPASS' MSG IN 
GIBKLYNTRYOUT 

'Three-Day Past," fourth Army 
Special Services blueprint show test- 
ed at Fort Hamilton. Brooklyn, 
Thursday (I), is weakest of the lot. 
Sketches for the most part are rou- 
tine, music on the whole disappoint- 
ing and the whole production, unin- 
spired. Impression seems to be that 
of a quick throw-together, with too 
many cooks and no co-oi dinating 
factor. 

Show is first to use music com- 
posed outside the Army, songs being 
provided by an impressive array af 
tunesmiths. Only the title song; bal- 
lad by Oscar Hammerstein, 2d, and 
George W. Meyer (and sung pleas- 
ingly by Pfe. Thomas Sellaro) is of 
hit calibre. Opener,. "A Day Gone," 
rhythm number by Irvin Graham 
and Bob Saur, and reprised several 
times, has a certain snap; AHie Wru- 
bel's "Best of All" is a good swing 
number, and Bert Shatter and Ervin 
Drake's "Jungle Stage Door Can 
teen" has some good music 

Of the sketches written by .Special 
Services staff only "Lie Down 
Strike" is of top grade, although 
"Broadway" - and "Sergeant Pagti 
acd" are also amusing. Last-named, 
adapted by Russell Bennett and Rob- 
ert Simon,, has a fine tenor in CpT. 
Elwood Garrison to help the parody 
along. T/5'Ioha C. Olson, son of 
comedian. Ole Olseh, is responsible 
largely for the "Lie Down Strike' 
success. Pvt. Harry Barbarkoft is a 
mildly entertaining comic in several 
.'other sketches, although distinctly 
overworked 

T/3 Milton Stem staged the show 
foe Special. Services: with a pickup 
cast at Fort Hamilton. W- O. Edward 
Sadowski conducts the. GI- orchestra. 

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Capt. Kresch Kitted In 
Italy; Was With WB 

Philadelphia, March ft 
Capt. D. Benjamin Kresch, former 
member of the Warner Bros, legal 
staff here, was killed' in an airplane 
crash In Italy Feb. 2, it was learned 
here last week. 

Capt. Kxescn waa attached to the 
Intelligence Division, Air Transport 
Command Kresch wa* a prominent 
member of the Variety Club, Tent 
19, once serving; as attorney fo r {he 
organi: " 



20th U Hoi Loan 

Hollywood, March ft 
Uncle Sam*s Seventh War Lean, 
as well as Canada's Eighth Victory 
Loan, will be plugged by "The AU- 
Star Bond Rally," currently in pro- 
duction at SWh-Fox, with . Michael 
Audley directing. 

All-star cast consists of Vivian 
Blaine, Jeanne Crain, Bing Crosby. 
Linda Darnell, Betty Grable, June 
Haver,, Bob Hope, Harry James, 
Buster Keaton, Faye.Marlow, Harpo 
Marx, Fibber McGee and Molly, 
Carmen Miranda, Sheila Ryan, 
Frank Sinatra and Martha Stewart. 



Added to Bond Staff 

J. Edward Shugrue, director of the 
pix and special events of the War 
Finance Division, U. S. Treasury,, 
added Adolph J. ■ Silverstein to his 
staff. 

Latter a former member of Hal 
Home staff of the 20jk-Fox and re- 
cently discharged from U. S. Army. 
He will serve as assistant to Max E. 
Yoiingsteln in publicizing the activi- 
ties and promotions of the depart- 
ment in connection with forthcoming 
War Loan Drivest 



HypoUlPbioLaads 
Liberated Frooi Jobs 

Hollywood, March 8. 

Prints of pictures subtitled, nar- 
rated or dubbed into Korean and 
Chinese dialects- are being readied by 
the Psychological Warfare Division 
of the Army for distribution ba Far 
East countries; sueh> as Korea, Man- 
churia and Formosa as soon as they 
are liberated. 

For more than 10 years films 
shown in those sectors were restrict- 
ed to the Japanese language. Idea 
is to undo Nipponese propaganda 
with the help of films In native dia- 
lects. 



Dick Font to England As 
Aid* to Sid Bernstein 

Washington, March ft 
Richard Food, former BIS film 
chief in N*w York and 1 Washington, 
leaves, shortly for England to be- 
come assistant to Sidney Bernstein 
of the British Ministry of Informa- 
tion. One of Ford's jobs will be col- 
lecting information on production- 
and distribution of official British 
and Atbed films throughout liberated 
Europe. 

Nevile Gardiner, Washington film 
officer for BIS, also leaves- short Jy 
for England where he will consult 
with biggies fit the film division-. 



N. Y. to L. A. 

Neil Agnew. 
Milton. Biow. 
Guy t EysselT. 
Lawrence Green. 
Jose IturbL - 
Albert Kornfeld. 
Jack Lait. 
Aba Lastfbgel 
Saas E. Morris. 
Oscar Serlln, 
George A. Smith. 
Harry Stevens. 
.Martin Wagner. 



Awake finally to the need of en- 
tertainment among its personnel, ai 
well as to the tact that it has a seri- 
ous morale problem on its hands, 

the U. S. Navy at long last is setting 
up a program to meet these needs 
and fill a long-feK void.. 

Apparently indifferent for oyer 
two years to gob entertainment 
while the- Army set up its Special 
Services division, and went ahead 
planning GI shows and outside tal- . 
eht, the Navy has recently ' had a 
change of heart Waking up to the 
fact that its boot camps are now rest 
camps for veterans who need enter- 
tainment as part of .relaxation; 
aware now of the long id to IB-week 
stretches an ships at. sea as welt as 
the long waits on some shore instal- 
lations, requiring outside stimula- 
tion; taking cognizance of gripes 
from the Pachte about. GI entertain- 
ment .to the neglect of the gobs— the 
Navy is taking steps to remedy the 
situation. 

A skeleton force was set up re- 
cently in New York to explore- their 
needs and pot a program into- being, 
while a mora comprehensive setup 
is only awaiting Washington ap- 
proval to go ahead.. A meeting held 
in New York Friday i2> between 
Navy officials and well-known 
Broadway figures representing the 
Writers* War Board, studied' the sit- 
uation further and crystallized' a 
program- with several Ideas. - 

Meeting Friday was attended by 
George S. Kaufman, Max Gordon, 
Russet Grouse, Fatri GaTlico, Oscar 
Hammerstein Id, Christopher La- 
Farge, Hobo Morrison and Mrs. Dor- 
othy Rodgera, representing the 
Writers' War Board and its Com- 
mittee for Scripts for Soldier and 
Sailor Shows, and Commander S. L. 
Drumm; Lt. Comm. J. Frank Gilday 
and Lt.' Harold Gross. Drumm, di- 
rector of Special Services in Bureau 
of Personnel, and Gilday, in charge 
of Recreational Services, came up 
from Washington, for the event. 
Ceateat 

' A contest fox dramatic material-- 
skits, plays, songs,, monologs— open 
to Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and 
Wove personnel, will be launched 
May 1, closing Aug. 1, with 41 money 
prizes in war bonds to the winners. 
The War Board Committee is spon- 
soring the oontest, with the Navy 
assisting in circularizing -and publi- 
cising the event throughout the 
service. The Navy will also print 
and distribute the priaawinnlng en- 
tries; Tha Committee will also as- 
sist the Navy in locating among the 
letter's personnel the talent needed 
te sat up its new entertainment pro- 
gram. 

The contest is considered tha 
opening salvo of tha new Navy en- 
tertainment program. . Heretofore 
the Writers* War Board has been 
sharply turned down when it of- 
fered material to the Navy for mo- 
rale use. No organized procedure 
was in usa for having self-entertain- 
ment material reach tha gobs, such 
as the Army had with its Special 
Services setup. Navy individuals 
having to write Special Services or 
the War Board whenever they want- 
ed scripts or shows. . Navy did noth- 
ing to encourage shews being put on 
in camps or barracks, although, they 
did welcome USO-Camp Shows units 
(Continued an page SB.) 

Conors' Lou 

Tom J. Connors, 20th-Fox v.p., in 
charge of worldwide sales, Is assum- 
ing duties of national distributer 
chairman, of the Seventh. War Lsaa. 
during the lUteai of Gradwell L 
Sears, v.p. of United Artists in charge 
of distribution-. 

Spyres. Shown*, Mth president 
advised the War Activities Commit- 
tee that the entire Mth Century-Fox 
organization will be available to co- 
operate with Conaors and back him 
up In this great patriotic work. 



L. A. to N. Y. 

George Bagnall. 
Bob Bencbley.*. 
Frank- Boreage, 
WiH Hays, 
Henry HerbeL - 
Ivor Kenway. 
Don McElwaine. 
ICorman Moray. 
Snag WenSs. . 
Steve SJWngmr, 



W*dn-<Uy, M«r.h T, 1948 



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Our industry, too, has campaign ribbons it can proudly wear 
on its chest . . • Bond Drives • ... War Funds ... • March of Dimes 
. . • United Nations . • . Red Cross . . . yes, dozens of important 
missions on the home front— and more to come before this show 
is oyer. But we can look any G.I. Joe in the eye and say "we didn't 
let you down!" . . . and we'll be in there pitching 'til it's over, 
over there! 

That's show business • . . the business we're all proud of • . . the 
business that organized itself for national defense before the first 
shot was fired . . . the business that knows how to do things and 
how to get things done. 

Yes, it's our job to pass the ammunition! To get the dollars 
that help fight battles ... to get the dollars that help bandage 
the wounds of war ! 

We .all know that the true measure of showmanship is at the 
box office. We love records like we love the sound of laughter 
and applause in our theatres. We love record grosses! . . • and 
that goes for bond sales, collections . • . or anything else we're 
asked to do for our country. 

We are now called upon to bring, into the RED CROSS WAR 
FUND BOX OFFICE, more money in a single week than ever 
before. It's going to test our showmanship. • .our ability to think 
of new ways to make the public dig deep and come across when 
we put up the house lights and pass the helmet. 

The Red Cross needs your help . . . just as the boys in the 
foxholes and the whole suffering world need the Red Cross! 



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"The Red Cross is great because it reflects and is 
sustained by an idea that is lodged in the emo- 
tions and consciousness of all the people. That 
idea is the dignity of man, and the responsibility 
of all society toward its individual members." 

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"It is gratifying to learn that the Theatre Divi- 
sion, War Activities of the Motion Picture Indus- 
try, again plans to organize collections In the na- 
tion's motion picture theatres from March 15th 
through March 21st, 1945, for the benefit of the 
Red Cross War Fund. 

"I am confident that the enthusiastic co-opera- 
tion of the nation's exhibitors will materially help 
their local communities, in attaining or exceeding 
their chapter goals." 




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for this drive. March 15th is D-Day and H-Hour 
for vs. We have a great task to perform. As to 
every battle/success will depend on the initiative 
and fighting qualities of every man and woman 
In our industry. The RED CROSS Is depend- 
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PICTURES 



Wednesday, March T, 1945 



Riskin, With State Dept. OK, Wants 
If wood to Continue Documentary Pix 



Hollywood, March 6. 
Robert Riskin, of Office of War 
Information overseas branch motion 
picture division, is presenting a 
recommendation to studio chiefs 
here for the founding or a separate 
non-profit company to make docu- 
mentaries in the postwar era. 

In setting up an autonomous or- 
ganization, to be subsidized by the 
film industry, Riskin said the. State 
dept. should have a representative 
on the policy board, inasmuch as 
. films will be made for overseas dis- 
tribution. Board would also include 
staff of proposed company and top 
educators and scientists, idea of 
Alms is to show the world how the 
people in the U. S. live, and sub* 
jects would range from medical and 
scientific achievements to school and 
government systems. Purpose is to 
pick up spread of good will and 
selling of U. S. to foreign peoples 
via documentaries now being sent 
overseas where OWI leaves oft six 
months after duration. 

Not only should industry subsidize 
the planned company, but philan- 
thropic foundations and various Gov- 
ernment agencies, who would have 
workings filmed, could place funds 
at company's disposal. Talent, both 
writing and acting, could contribute 
services. Permanent staff and tech- 
nicians, however, would be paid and 
studios would turn over facilities 
for filming of documentaries, accord- 
ing to Riskin.* 

State Dept. would also have great ; 
hand in distribution, of films, work- 
ing at various embassies and con- 
sulates with key distributors, who 
would take on chores of handling, 
repairing, cleaning, etc. films In 
their respective territories. Although 
films would be made primarily in 
16 mm., Riskin feels they could also 
be turned out for commercial re- 
lease, thereby bringing income 
which, in time, might be sufficient 
to make company self-sustaining. 

However, audiences of educational, 
scientific, labor and Government 
topper groups would be the ones 
aimed ' at primarily, with private 
showings for them through efforts' of 
Hollywood and in conjunction with 
■ the State Dept. Film industry could 
aid in spreading good will for U, S. 
after the war by showing the rest of 
the world how we live and what 
we are doing over, here, Riskin 
stated. Company's real dividends 
would come. from good will built up 
through this medium. 

Riskin remains here two weeks 
parleying with studio heads before 
returning east and then overseas. 
He has already spoken to film chiefs 
in Ne\v York who are weighing idea. 
Riskin "also stated foreign audiences 
are anxious to see how we are liv- 
ing here and OWI shorts already 
released overseas have had excellent 
response and huge audiences. 
Through State Dept guidance, Ris- 
* kin feels, films could cement U. S. to 
world, and highly receptive* audi, 
ences are already created. 

Plan calls for immediate' formation 
of company if studio chiefs agree to 
set it up. State Dept is unofficially 
k claimed to be enthusiastic about pro 
■J gram. 

WBV $2,368,565 Net For 
3-Mo&, Up Over Last Yr. 

Warner Bros.' net operating profit 
for the first three months of com- 
pany's fiscal year ending last Nov, 25 
amounted, to $2,368,565 as against 
$1,981,730 for corresponding period 
a year ago. This is equal to 63c. per 
common share against 53c. in com- 
parable period a year figo. 

Gross income, after eliminating 
Intercompany transactions, totaled 
(33,093,321, as compared with $34,- 
113,961. Warners' income and ex- 
cess profits taxes . for the quarter 
ending last November amounted to 
$4,250,000. Reserve for contingen- 
cies includes $2,187,170 in respect of 
net assets of subsids operating In 
foreign territories. . 



Cox Tops U Ctffhangers 

. . Hollywood, March 6. 
Production of all cliffhangers on 
the Universal lot has been placed 
under supervision of Morgan Cox, 
who moves Into the spot once .occur 
j>Ued by the late Henry MacRae. 

Cox 1* an old hand at serial*, hav- 
fag scripted . numerous chapterplays 
tader to* MacRae regime. 



CON. FILMS' $561,719 
NET PROFIT FOR 1944 

Consolidated Film Industries (Re 
public) net income for 1944 amounted 
to $561,719, as against $578,338 in the 
preceding year, after all charges in- 
cluding Federal taxes in both in- 
stances. This is equal to $1.40V4 per 
share on 400,000 shares of preferred 
outstanding as.compared with $1.44 Vfe 
on same number of preferred shares 
in 1943. In providing for Federal 
taxes and renegotiation of war con- 
tracts amounted to $943,000 in past 
year while in 194.3 this amount was 
$585,000, it being contemplated that 
renegotiation will result in a. refund 
of about $300,000 before adjustment 
for taxes. 

Consolidated net earnings state- 
ment on Republic's status reveals 
that $875,000 was deducted for Fed- 
eral income and excess profits taxes 
or nearly $300,000 more, than actual 
net profit. Also that ad-publicity ex- 
penses totaled $1,319,623. Total in- 
come from distribution of Republic 
pictures for year ending last Oct. 27 
amounted to $14,555,925, substan- 
tially in excess of such income for 
the preceding fiscal year, according 
to Herbert J. Yates, Consolidated 
president. Republic's net earnings 
for the fiscal year totaled $569,409, 
he revealed. 



Rep Hypos Prodnction 
After March Tax Bite 

Hollywood, March 6. 
First of the studios to hop. pro- 
duction after the annual March tax 
bite on exposed film is Republic; 
where eight pictures will get the 
starting gun before the end of the 
month, in addition to two currently 
before the cameras. 

March starters are "Man From 
Oklahoma," "Trail of Kit Carson,' 
"Tiger Woman;* "Love, Honor and 
Goodbye," "Colorado Pioneers, r 
"Mexicana," "Union Pacific Scouts' 
and "Down Tahiti Way." Carried 
over from February are "Girls of 
the Big House" and "The Amazing 
Mr. M." 



Chi Showmen Gripe 
Brownout Seems Aimed 
Chiefly at Amus. Biz 

Chicago, March 6. 
Contrary to dally newspaper re- 
ports that show biz here haa ac- 
cepted WPB's brownout edict 

"wholeheartedly," there are plenty 
of beefs being made by exhibs about 
what they call gross, inequities in the 
ruling. Like nitery operators, 
who've gone so far in making objec- 
tions to WMC's curfew order that 
they sent a delegation to Washington 
last week to confer with . Govern- 
ment officials, exhibs are plenty 
riled about some of the things that 
are going on— and apparently with 
good reason. 

Theatre operators, while following 
the 60-watt-only-on-marquee order 
to the letter, were also ordered last 
week to cut down On lights in shad- 
ow, boxes, photo frames and other 
lobby electricity usage. No viola- 
tions of WPB rules have been re- 
ported, and few are expected, but 
what's burning exhibs is the way 
other industries are permitted to go 
all out in illumination. Example: 

One railroad station here had 
three new aluminum freight cars on 
exhibit on a siding two days last 
week, with public invited to give the 
show a gander. Cars, each about 40 
feet long, had two 100-watt spot- 
lights, spaced every ten feet; over- 
head, for a grand total of 24— and 
the lights were on during daytime 
hours as well as at night! 

Cars, which railroads claim will be 
used extensively after the war, were 
on exhibit strictly as a postwar In- 
stitutional advertising pitch and 
therefore, according to one exhib, 
gimmicks such as this, which cannot 
in any way, shape or form 1 be con 
strued as helping to win -th'e war, 
should, as in the case of theatres, be 
clamped down on. 

Consensus here is that, while rail 
roads and other such industries are 
doing a terriff job in the war effort 
WPB should also limit their use of 
electricity, just as they have theatres, 
especially where plugs for postwar 
biz are concerned. 



Deitch Returns to Par 
In N.Y. as Theatre Exec 

Joe Deitch, veteran buyer-booker, 
who was originally in the Paramount 
homeoffice but for the past 12 years 
has been in charge of buying for the 
Tri-States (Blank) circuit In the 
midwest, returns to N. Y. to assume 
an executive post in the Par theatre 
department under Leonard H. Gold 
enson. Exact nature of the post Is 
not disclosed. 

With Par 20 years and a home 
office buyer ' when the old Publlx 
theatre setup handled all film deals 
from N. Y., Deitch, who has made 
headquarters in Des Moines, comes 
into the h.o. April 1. 



CoL Inks Four N.Y. Scribes 

Hollywood, March 6, 
Columbia's drive for new writing 
talent resulted in the signing of 
four young scribes from the east to 
work under supervision of Richard 
Sokolove, -story editor. 

New scripters are Martin Field, 
Guy Andros, John Lloyd and Harry 
J. Essex, - . 



Studio Contracts 

Hollywood, March 6. 
Shemp Howard, actor, Columbia 
Beverly Johnson, actor, Par. 
Rickl Van Dusen, actress, 20th-Fox 
Lesley Seiander, director, Rep. 
Frank McDonald, director,. Rep, 
Peggy Ryan, actress, Universal 
Peter Cookson, actor, Monogram 
Travis Banton,- designer, Universal 
George Macready, actor, Columbia. 
Louis King, director, 20th-Fox. 
Lon Chaney, actor, Universal. ■ 
Barry Fitzgerald, renewed, Par. 
Kay Scott, actress, Par. 
Howard Estabrobk, writer, Rep. 
Robert Webb, director, 20th-Fox. 
Edward Hudson, actor, 20th-Fox. 
Seymour Felix, dance dir., 20th 
Mona Freeman, actress, Par. 
Bob Graham, actor,- Pan 
Lane Watson, actor, Inter*!. 
Chat. G. Booth, writer, 20th. 
EsteliU, actress, Republic, 



While Majors Would Curb Further 
Indie Deals, Latter Still Grow— Spring 



Argentina Hay Ban 
Mex Pii; Wants Slock 

Argentina, desperate for film raw 
stock, has threatened to close her 
picture houses to Mexican-made 
films unless Mexico supplies raw 
stock to Argentine for her industry. 

Chile is understood to have turned 
over' part of 'her raw stock to Ar- 
gentina, but not sufficient to meet 
requirements. 



CHI POLICE CENSORS 
NIX MONO'S MLINGER' 

Chicago, March 6. 

Chicago police censor board, con- 
tinuing the policy inaugurated in 
1932 when it banned UA's "Scar- 
face," last week rejected Monogram's 
"Dlllinger." Board, which made the 
announcement in its routine month- 
ly ^roundup of- statistics on pix 
viewed during .February, did hot ex- 
plain its. action, claiming it's not the 
policy to give a distributor a bum 
rap, and referred ail questions to 
Irving -Mandel, boss of Monogram 
exchange here, who in turn said "no- 
comment." 

Understood, however, that pic, like 
"Scarface," which was held up for 
years and cut plenty before finally 
being given the white slip, and 20th- 
Fo'x's "Roger Touhy," which was 
pinked at first, but later given the 
green light • when suggested cuts 
were made, tends to glorify the slain 
Dlllinger, who, like "Scarface" Al 
Capone arid Touhy, .first gained 
notoriety in Chi. 

Board's decision has roused plenty 
of comment in Film Row, especially 
in view of the. fact that Chi Daily 
News a few weeks ago ran a. gory 
picture story on Dillinger's life in 
two Saturday roto. sections, with no 
objections from the public or any 
censor board on record. Tightening 
lip of restrictions, in view of rum- 
pus over "Trio" in N. Y. last week, 
is viewed by some as a wartime 
trend. 

Mandel wouldn't say whether he'd 
appeal the board's ruling -or not, but 
usual procedure is for exchange 
execs to apply to Police Commr. 
James Allman for reversal Pointed 
out that board also pinked 20th-Fox's 
"Hangover Square" two weeks ago, 
with no reason given, but learned 
that Allman overrode the board on 
appeal of the exchange. Columbia's 
"I Love a Mystery", was also tagged 
"Adults Only" during February. 

Unusual angle of the to-do is that 
"Scarface," on the shelf for years 
before UA finally got an injunction 
against the board forcing them to 
release it, ran over the week-end at 
the Loop Monroe on dual basis with 
"Hell's Angels." 



Deighton Moves Ahead 
To Top U Casting Dept. 

Hollywood, March 6. . 

Universal upped Howard Deighton 
to casting director, filling the post 
recently . vacated by Robert S peers, 
who was made a member of the 
Advisory Board in charge of players 
and directors. 

Former legit producer in England, 
Deighton joined Universale casting 
staff last October after functioning 
as talent executive for the Holly 
wood Victory Committee and USO 
Camp Shows. 



Jovan Takes Over Monroe, 
Chi, From Lubliner-Trinz 

Chicago, March 6. 

Operation of the Monroe, 960-seat 
Loop house, was taken over yester- 
day by James Jovan, who will con- 
tinue the present : second fun 
policy until definite arrangements 
can be made to switch over to first 
runs. Jovan has tentatively set "Be- 
hind the Enemy Lines" to inaugu< 
rate the new policy March 14. Film 
is a compilation of captured enemy 
shots edited by Maj. Ross Duff White- 
tock to be released by Globe. 

The Monroe was built in 1922 and 
from 1923 until 1930 was operated by 
the old Fox Film Co. as its first-run 
downtown house. Since 1930 house 
lias been operated by Sam and Eddie. 
Trims and Harry Lubliner, who also 
have the lease on the Clark, for- 
merly the. legit Adelphl. 



Lesser Starts Monkey 
Business as Insurance 

Hollywood, March 6. 
To guard against a possible simian 
shortage, Sol Lesser Is developing a 
farm for the breeding and training 
of chimpanzees'. With exclusive 
Tarzan" rights in his possession and 
Johnny Weissmuller under contract, 

the only flaw in Lesser's strategy is 
the undependability of chimps. 
These actors, like their human col- 
leagues, are not only temperamental 
but prone to pneumonia and other 
ailments of civilization. 

Al Antonuccl, formerly with the 
St. Louis Zoo, has been signed as 
simian educator, with . 12 chimps as 
the nucleus -of a stock company, 
based in an artificial jungle in Cul- 
ver City. Anytime a chimp goes 
haywire or ill, there will be at least 
11 understudies ready to take over. 
Next chimp picture will be "Tarzan 
arid the Leopard Woman." 



Kohlmar to Westwood 

Hollywood, March 6. 

Fred Kohlmar, currently produc- 
ing "The Well-Groomed Bride" at 
Paramount, will move into 20th-Fox 
May 1 under a producer contract 

Formerly an associate producer at 
Columbia, Kohlmar shifted to Par- 
amount four, years ago in a similar 
capacity. 



Ask Theatre Divorcement 
In Minn. Legislature 

Minneapolis, March 6. 

For the first' time in five years a 
theatre divorcement bill has been 
Introduced Into the state legislature. 
The measure, prohibits film producers 
or distributors from owning . "in 
whole or in part" or operating film 
theatres. It becomes effective 12 
months after enactment and carries 
a penalty of $10,000 fine or a year 
in jail for violation.' 

Introduction . of the bill came as 
a complete "surprise" - to the local 
Independent exhibitors'* organization 
and, as far as can be learned, the 
proposed law has no organized back- 
ing, but was a single legislator's 
brainchild. Independent leaders have 
not been agitating for such legisla- 
tion recently, . 

,A similar bill was previously de- 
feated in the legislature and the 
present one Is given little chance of 
receiving much consideration, let 
alone passage. 



By ROY* CHART1ER 

Major producer-distributors re- 
portedly have locked the doors 
against any further releasing deals 
with independent producers, refus- 
ing to take any more on, but . this 
step will not, in the opinion of Sam- 
uel Spring, w.k. industry attorney, 
stop what is growing into a tidal 
wave of indie producing ventures. 

The end of the war will not only 
see this tide roll in, to the possible 
consternation of major 'companies, 
but when building and other restric- 
tions are relaxed, it is very likely, 
Spring believes, that new distribut- 
ing companies will come into the 
picture to provide sales and releasing 
outlet for indie producers. Of course, 
he adds, those , who have valuable 
properties, including stories — and, in 
case of stars, themselves— will find 
themselves in a highly advantageous 
position. New distributing organiza- 
tions would be forming right now, 
the veteran film attorney opines, if 
they were able to build exchanges 
across the country and supply them 
with typewriters, billing machines, 
comptometers, etc., which are im- 
possible to obtain at present. _ 

It has been reported unofficially 
that Vanguard Films, Inc. (David O. 
Selznick) might branch out as -a 
distributing . company with its own 
exchanges, which would mean pull- 
ing away from United Artists. Also, 
Harry C. Arthur, v.p. of Fanchoh & 
Marco, some time back was assured 
by certain producers and artists in 
Hollywood who wanted to produce 
picturees themselves, that if a fran- 
chising organization similar to the 
old First National company could be 
set up, they would swing with It. 
That venture is still on the fire. 

Spring, who was secretaryitreas- 
urer and general counsel of First Na- 
tional before it merged with Warners 
about 16 years -ago, and acts in a 
legal capacity for Sam Goldwyn arid 
Vanguard, plus various other film in- 
terests, looks to a postwar goldstrike 
for indie producers. 

Govt In Indies' Corner 
"Never before has there been such 
an opportunity for the independent 
producer," he states. "The Govern- 
ment apparently favors them as 
against studio control by majors, and 
the exhibitors, also, are in their 
corner. There are more good pro- 
ducers now than ever before in the 
history .of the film business and, 
based upon what they have been . 
able to prove, they want to go ahead 
but without strings." 

Noting that the picture Industry 
from its earlier days has gone 
through several phases. Spring be- 
lieves that victory will bring about 
an important phase so 'far as in- 
ternational marketing of films is con- 
cerned and that another will be the 
domination of the industry by inde-' 
pendent film-makers with releasing 
channels. 

Among other things, he points to 
the attractive taxation angles In the 
.organization of producing companies 
by salaried producers, directors and 
stars. Individual income taxes in the 
high brackets will be here for a long 
time to come, but corporate levies 
will come down, Spring predicts. 
The attorney also expresses the con- 
viction that major producer-distribu- 
tors will be divorced from their the- 
atre chains and that this will further 
encourage the spread of independent 
producing units. Asserting divorce- 
ment is sure to come, he guesses that 
it may not be for seven years or so, 
however. 

In fact, it has been reported that 
if the Big Five will agree to divorce- • 
ment, the Government will allow 
them possibly up to that number of 
years to complete divestment of their 
many and Involved theatre Interests. 



Nichols, Meredith's RKO 
Pic With Miss Goddard 

Hollywood. March 6. 

Dudley Nichols and Burgess Mere- 
dith checked in at RKO as producer 
and associate producer, to make a 
picture, still untitled, starring Paul- 
ette Goddard. 

Production will be the one off- 
the-lot picture permitted annually 
under Miss Goddard's contract with 
Paramount Jean Renoir will di- 
rect , ' .. . 



RKO'S BECOBJD STOCK CO. 

Hollywood, March 6. 

Stock player roster at RKO Is up 
to 34", the largest number in the his- 
tory of the studio. 

Lists consists, of 38 males and 10 
femmea. 



Wednesday, March 7, 1948 



$250,000,000 FIL M INVENTORY 

5 Majors Set Up Own Checking Bureau, 
Jack Levin at Helm; 3 Cos. Remain Out 



Formation of an industry checking 
bureau in an effort to plug losses 
through insufficient returns on per- 
centage deals, previously reported in 
"Variety" last June, was formally 
announced last Friday' (2) in New 
York. 

New agency, called Confidential 
Reports, has been organized by five 
majors— Paramount, RKO, United 
Artists, Columbia, Universal— at a 
reported investment of $500,000 for 
installations and supervision. 

Metro. Warners and 20th-Fox have, 
refrained from joining new organ- 
ization, two former having their own 
checkers and latter remaining with 
Ross Federal. 

John J. O'Connor, Universal v.p., 
will also function as president of 
Confidential Reports, Incl Jack 
Levin, who resigned from the Copy- 
right Protection Bureau, has been, 
appointed v.p. and general manager 
of the new agency. 

Levin stated that some 5,000 men 
would be needed: for- the new check- 
ing service and that . wages will be 
paid at a $5. $6 and $7 minimum 
daily rate. He also announced that 
leases had been signed for practical- 
ly all 30 branch offices in key distri- 
bution centers. Branch managers 
and supervisors have been appointed 
and there are plans for setting up 
five district offices shortly. 

Levin pointed out that personnel 
for the organization was being lined 
up from outside the film industry. 

Harold L. Groves has been ap- 
pointed field director; Jules Willing, 
personnel director; Harold Saxe, 
comptroller. 



TCRNADEITE'S' ANNUAL 
REISSUE; N.Y. R1Y DATE 

Regarded as a natural for Easter 
booking annually, "Song of Berna- 
dette" is being made available cross 
the country the end of this month by 
20tn-Fox. A representative number 
of bookings have been set up for ex- 
hibition of the picture at general ad- 
missions. 

The Rivoli, N. Y., is the only house 
so far which has bought the picture 
as an experiment during the height 
of the Lenten period. This house 
has dated "Bernadette" for a . run 
from March 10-27 in the belief that 
it Is the only picture on file that may 
importantly offset the usual Easter 
slump. 

"Bernadette" played approximate- 
ly 3,500 dates at advanced prices up 
to last December, grossing around 
$3,000,000. It set a new high in 
gross for all time for RKO's 41 
Greater N. ;Y. theatres. 



RKO Production Sked 
Tops Stodio Record 

Hollywood, March 6. 

Production program for March is 
the heaviest in the history of RKO, 
with six starters and five holdovers 
orowding the stages on '.the - Holly- 
wood and Culver City lots. 

Newcomers- for March are "The 
Bells of St. Mary's," "Radio Stars on 
Parade,"-. "Bar of Music," "Ding 
Dong Williams," "Chicago Lulu" and 
"Cornered." Continued from last 
month are "First Man Into Tokyo," 
"The Most Dangerous Game," 
"George White's Scandals of 1945," 
"The Invisible - Army" and "Man 
Alive." 



Irwin Esmond, 70, Resigns 
As N.Y. State Film Censor 

Albany, March 6. 
Irwin Esmond, director of the 
motion picture division of the State 
Education Dept. since Oct. 10. 1032, 
. and outstandingly successful in the 
Post, has retired, effective March 1. 
He arrived at the statutory retire- 
ment age ot 70 in February. 

Dr. Irwin A. Conroe, 46-year-pld 
Assistant Commissioner for Higher' 
and Professional Education, is serv- 
ing an interim period as acting head 
of the mpd. He will handle this in 
addition to his other duties. 



'Duel' Damper 

Hollywood, March 6. 
David O. Selznick took his 
"Duel in the Sun" troupe to a 
location near Tucson, Ariz., 
where the sun always shines— 
or nearly always.. Shooting was 
delayed several days by a snow 
storm. 



MARK SANDRICH DIES 
AT 44 IN HOLLYWOOD 

■Mark Sandrich,' 44, topflight pro- 
ducer and director of musical films 
and comedies, died at his home in 
Hollywood last Sunday (4), of heart 
disease. He had gone into the li- 
brary to' read after dinner, and was 
found dead a short time later by his 
wife. Sandrich had been an ace di- 
rector and producer at Paramount 
for the past six years. Prior to that 
he had been a director , at RKO, 
making a name for himself as di- 
rector of .Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers 
musical films. Before that he had 
gained attention as director of com- 
edy shorts for Educational. 

Sandrich was an ex-president of 
the Screen Directors Guild and vice- 
chairman of Hollywood Victory Com-; 
mittee. He helped assemble and 
directed the Hollywood Victory 
Carvan several years ago. At time 
of his death he was preparing the 
program for the 17th annual Acad- 
emy Awards' presentation. Para- 
mount employees observed five 
minutes of silence yesterday (Tues.) 
when funeral, was held. 

Sandrich had been preparing to 
produce and direct Irving .Berlin's 
"Blue Skies," with Bing Crosby as 
star, slated to be one of Par's out- 
standing 1945 pictures. He most re- 
cently completed "Here Come the 
Waves," another Crosby picture. 
This was finished only a few days 
before the world preem of "I Love 
a Soldier," Paulette Goddard-Sonny 
Tufts . starring comedy. Sandrich 
produced and directed "So Proudly 
We Hail," also for Paramount in 
1942, in which Claudette Colbert,' 
Miss Goddard and Veronica Lake 
starred. : Others he produced and 
directed for Par after joining the 
company _in_1938 include "Holiday 
Inn," Crosby-Astaire film; "Love Thy 
Neighbor," "Buck Benny Rides 
Again" and "Man About Town." 
Sandrich signed a new contract in 
March. 1944, whereby he was to 
produce and direct one feature an- 
nually for Par for five years with 
the right to produce three pictures 
for other companies during the 
period of the pact. 

Born in N.Y., he studied at Co-^ 
lumbia University, going to Holly- 
wood in 1923. . After working for 
RKO, Fox and Educational among 
others as shorts director, he mad* • 
three-reel band film which won an 
Academy award, 

His first feature was "Melody 
Cruise." Then he made two Wheeler 
and Woolsey feature-length com- 
edies. Sandrich directed "The Gay 
Divorcee," which gave Fred Astaire 
and. Ginger Rogers their first big 
starring roles together. . It elevated 
him to the rank of topflight direc- 
tor. "Top Hat," another Astaire- 
Rogers starrer, was equally success- 
ful, for him and as a money-maker. 
He did three. Astaire-Rogers musi- 
cals in a row for RKO after this. 
One of his first dramatic efforts was 
directing Katharine Hepburn in "A 
Woman Rebels." 

Survived by widow and two sons. 



Brackett Appointed 

. Hollywood, March 6. 
At meeting of Motion Picture 
Academy of Arts and Sclences ( yes- 
terday (5), Charles Brackett was 
named program director for the 17th 
annual awards show March 19. 
Brackett takes ever job vacated by 
Mark Sandrich's death. He will con- 
tinue with program as originally 
planned by Sandrich, including mon- 
tage from films nominated ' for Os- 



H SPOTLIGHTS 
HIGH PIG BAuKLOC 

The motion picture industry's 
$250,000,000 inventory problem, tied 
in with- a growing print shortage, 
approaching end of the European 
war, and need for flexible position' 
to liquidate high-cost negatives if 
necessary, is again in the spotlight 
of executive confabs. 

Unusually high inventory, an ad- 
vantage in view of the marked slow- 
down in production due to shortage 
of manpower and materials, is also 
regarded unfavorably by some film 
toppers should any weakening in the 
market develop. In event .of a dip 
In b.o. values, inventories would 
have to be marked down in line with 
potential grosses. 

' Some major execs are not calcu- 
lating in terms of backlog pictures, 
but in terms of dollar value of in-, 
ventory. One exec, from accounts, 
stated he would raise the issue of 
the high inventory levels at board 
of directors meeting with view to 
adjustments. 

Meantime, however, replacement 
value of inventory remains stable 
since production costs continue high 
— estimated by studio heads at about. 
40% higher in 1944-45 than in 1942, 
and 60% higher than in 1939. Y. 
Frank Freeman , recently estimated 
that due to Increased cost of labor 
and. materials (other studio heads 
have also referred to slower output 
due to less experienced personnel) 
it takes 53 days to make an "A" 
production, which formerly took 42 
days! Per day cost of making. "A" 
product has been estimated at from 
$15,000 to $20,000. 

Slowdown in 'distribution as a re- 
sult of raw film limitations, expected 
to make Itself felt in terms of reve- 
nue within the next 60 days, 'would 
handicap speedy liquidation of in- 
ventories in the event that such a 
move becomes necessary. 

For the time being many execs 
continue favoring high inventories 
as a hedge against limited production 
facilities, also taking view that a 
lower replacement value of nega- 
tives is not a near-term prospect: 
that decline in labor and material 
costs is not likely in the months 
ahead. 

Metro, Warners, Paramount^ and 
20th-Fox inventories are now com- 
puted at around $185,000,000, 



LOU POLLOCK HEADS 
BIOW'S PICTURE 0EPT. 

Lou Pollock, former United Art- 
ist* ad-publicity director, has been 
named head of the expanded film de- 
partment of the Biow ad agency. He 
will headquarter in Hollywood, mov- 
ing out there shortly, following the 
departure last Saturday (3) of Milton 
Blow, agency topper, to survey the 
situation. 

Jack Pegler tried the Blow film 
chore for a spell, but Pollock will 
extend the department, concentrating 
on the many independent producers 
in the industry. 



MinY Boff Bally 

Warners ' is using a talk-provok- 
ing, subway poster campaign in N. Y. 
for "Hotel Berlin," currently at the 
Strand, N. Y. It's framed around 
the idea of "Apartments," with .this 
word highlighted to cash in on pub- 
lic's yen to note anything pertain:|-g 
to apartments or places to live. 

This was tied in with the picture's 
title, with the wording that "there 
are 1,000 rooms and 2,000 secret pas- 
sageways" in "Hotel Berlin," set for 
occupancy at Strand in N. Y., March 
2. 



cars which will be shown that night 
at Chinese theatre. 

Academy also named Franz Wax- 
man and Alfred Newman, as vee- 
pees to assist Brackett in carrying 
out program, 



D.J. Demands Divorcement; Action 
Against Big 5 Set for Oct. 8; Court 
Reserves Decision On Clearance 



Nix Arbitration 

Big Five, following further 
confabs last week, decided 
against proposing offer to arbi- 
trate specific 'rim which had 
been discussed as a measure to 
compromise with the Depart- 
ment of Justice on other consent 
decree issues. .. 

Reported that although Metro 
and RKO reps were in favor of 
the plan, two other majors op- 
posed it. They would obviously 
be affected in too many impor- 
tant sectors. 



RALPH KOHN, VET OF PAR 
FINANCING, DIES IN N. Y. 

. Suffering from a heart ailment for 
about 10 years, Ralph A. Kohn, vet- 
eran Paramount executive, who at 
the time of his resignation from the 
company after his first serious heart 
attack, was treasurer and a member 
of the directorate, died last Sunday 
(4) in N. Y. 

The corpulent, red-faced Kohn, 
was not only a colorful figure., in 
the picture-industry .but one of the. 
shrewdest financiers. He is said to 
have made the deal, when Para- 
mount Pubiix was in trouble, to ob- 
tain $13,000,000 in loans from banks 
by putting up film negatives as col- 
lateral. When Par went into bank- 
ruptcy this was made the subject of 
a suit on the ground that the deal 
violated the indenture of bonds of 
P-P. He was among, directors named 
in the action which was finally set- 
tled but of court through payment 
of varying sums by each. .'• 

After leaving Par 10. years ago, 
Kohn was associated with Ben Schul- 
berg, also a former Par executive, 
for a time in independent produc- 
tion. In recent years, he sold insur- 
ance as a member of Keith, Cosgrnve 
& Co., N. Y. 

Kohn suffered his first heart at- 
tack at home one night when he was 
running off some 16 . mm. pictures 
for friends. Jie. 'was forced to go to 
California for a long rest after that, 
quitting Par to do so. He originally 
joined Famous Players in 1913 as 
assistant counsel and assistant secre- 
tary, later becoming assistant secre- 
tary and assistant treasurer of Para- 
mount-Famous-Lasky. In 1927, he 
became treasurer of Par and ' in 
May, 1934, a director. 

Survived by a sister; a son, Ensign 
Ralph Kohn, Jr., of the Navy, and a 
daughter. • ' . 



Hedy 



-Chertok Set 
Indie Production Unit 

Hollywood, March 6. 

Hedy Lamarr and Jack Chertok 
are setting up a deal to enter Inde- 
pendent production. Star's contract 
with Metro expires in about 30 days 
and although she may re-ink with 
lot or some other major, contingency 
will be that she do one outside pic- 
ture annually on her Indie deal. If 
the star doesn't sign, she will do 
three or four pictures yearly in con- 
junction with Chertok. 

Details, however, not ironed out as 
yet, nor is releasing deal set up. 
Chertok formerly was producer at 
Metro and Warners. ' 

Miss Lamarr was -spoken of as 
joining the RKO roster. 



♦ Robert L. . Wright, assistant U.S 
Attorney General, told Judge Henry 
W. Goddard in N.Y. federal court 
Monday (5) that trial of the' Gov- 
ernment's action for a new consent 
decree, involving divorcement of 
theatre chains from producer-dis- 
tributors, would be necessary. Trial . 
of the issues involved, set for Oct. 8, 
may take a long time, according to 
Wright. 

■'. In order to expedite matters, first 
of several pre-trial conferences be- 
tween Government reps and counsel 
for. the Big Five- was set for March 
26. Attorneys are scheduled to 
meet to decide upon the issues to be 
presented to the Court for adjudica- 
tion. 

I Judge Goddard reserved decision 
on the Government's application for 
a 'temporary injunction, preceding 
trial, on clearance practices. Judge 
Goddard said he did not concur in 
the Government's belief in the im- 
mediate necessity for § such an. in- 
junction.. Briefs on ; this phase of 
the proceedings will be submitted 
by March 20. 

In arguing .for interim relief on' 
clearance, Wright said that the 
power of the Arbitration Appeal 
Board did not go far enough under 
the decree to permit elimination of 
"unreasonable" clearance. Wright 
told. the,.£pu& Jh4^le^QC|is^n&- k 
of many forms of a^crTnwIrren"" 
which he is trying to eliminate un- 
til trial of the other issues. 

Former Judge Joseph M. Pros- 
kauer, counsel for Warners/said that - 
Wright asked for. a quick trial and 
got it and now was seeking the most 
drastic form of relief known to law. 
Proskauer said he would show the 
Court where in the name of fairness 
and decency such relief' should not 
be granted. He stated that the Anti- 
Trust Division of the Department of 
Justice was not a Santa Claus when 
it agreed some five years ago that 
clearance was necessary; that it did 
so because it understood that it was 
true, and conditions have hot - 
changed since. 

Proskauer cited that in 75% ' of 
the cases before the Appeal Board 
it was ruled that clearance was 
necessary. He pointed out that if 
the injunction were granted there 
would be legal suits by thousands of 
independent exhibitors. 

Whitney North Seymour, for 
Paramount; John Caskey, 20th-Fox; 
John W. Davis for Loew's; Louis 
Frohlich, Columbia; and Ed Raftery 
for United Artists, also opposed the 
Government's move for injunctive 
relief, 

Judge Goddard granted applica- 
tions of the Society of Independent 
Motion Picture Producers, repre- 
sented by Morris L. Ernst, and Con- 
ference of Independent Exhibitors, 
represented by Jesse Stern, to file 
briefs as amicis-curie. 

At the conclusion of the hearings, 
which lasted about three hours, 
Judge Goddard stated that his im- 
pression is that a decision of the 
Appeals Board it not proof of a 
violation of tha Sherman Act— that 
clearance must exist. It cannot be 
applied like a yardstick in all cases 
but, in each case,' must be decided 
upon individual merits. "I'm not 
ready to rule now," said Judge God- 
dard, "for If I do I will rule against 
you, Mr. Wright." 



Walsh to Pilot 'Don Juan' 

Hollywood, March 6. 

Warners assigned Raoul Walsh to 
direct "The Adventures' of Don 
Juan." next Errol Flynn starrer, 
starting late this month. 

Jerry Wald, producer, is assem- 
bling eight fommes, representing as 
many nationalities, to play opposite 
Flynn. 



Col, Banks to Back 

Filming of 'Snafu' 

Hollywood, March 6. 
Film production of the Broadway 
show, "Snafu," by^ack Moss and . 
George Abbott, will be financed 40% 
by Columbia and 60% by banks, un- 
der the arrangement for Columbia 
release. 

Abbott will contribute his interest 
in the play, Lou- Solomon and 
Herold Buchman, authors, will do 
likewise, and Moss will handle pro- 
duction on a percentage basis equal 
to that of the other three. Billy 
Redfleld, currently in.' the stase 
piece, will play the same role on 
the screen. Filming starts abov 
June 1. 



It 



Wad—day, March 7, 1943 




"THE PICTURE OP 
DORIAN GRAY" with 
George Sanders, HurdV 
Hatfield, Donna Read,' 
Angela Lansbury, Petet 
Lawford,LowellGiImore, 
Richard Fraser • Screen 
Play by Albert Lewin 
Based Upon the Novel by 
Oscar Wilde • Directed 
by Albert Lewin •/ Pro- 
duced by Pandro S. Bar* 
man • An M-G-M Picture 



NO 



LEO HAS PRODUCED 
A MASTERPIECE! 



Wednesday. Mate* f, lfW 



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IN THI NATIONAL MAGAZINES 
AND SYNDICATED COLUMNS! 

"People are talking about the movie 'THE PICTURE 

OF DORIAN GRAY —so amazing!" 

— VOGUE MAGAZINE 

-Orchids for 'THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY'!" 

•■ — WALTER WINCHELL 

"M-G-M has given us a picture with a daring theme. 
Never did I dream it could be done so beautifiilly." 

— ELSA MAXWELL 
la her syndicated column 

ce it and let it speak for itself !" —SIDNEY SKOLSKY 



FROM HOLLYWOOD'S CORRESPONDENTS! 

_ — * <m. -w A 17 1 



"Unusual! Exciting! THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY' 

will be the most talked about movie of 1945! " 

— ERSK.INE JOHNSON, Hollywood cotrespondeat. 
Newspaper Enterprise Association 

"No one should miss it! Breathless . . . from start to finish!" 

—JOHN TODD, International New* Service 

' One of the most daring and revealing films ever produced! 

Truly remarkable!" 

—FRED STANLEY, Hollywood correspondent, N. Y. l lmee 

"One of the best to come out of HoUywood in years!" 

-PHILIP K. SCHEUER, Los Angeles Times and Family Crete Magazine 
"A daring story to film and M-G-M has filmed it daringly! 

Marks a milestone!" -HAROLD SWISHER, United Pres. 




FLASH! 




(N*wYwk) 

WORLD 



FROM THE TRADEI 

".Rugged box-office stuff. Swell entertainment. A *^ DAILY 

"Magnificently produced. Excellently acted. Will hold tense, v 

fascinated interest. Outstanding performances." 

—SHOWMEN'S TRADE REVIEW 

" Unusual, intriguing and novel. Interpreted with superlative 
artistry. Hurd Hatfield superb." -MOTION PICTURE DAILY 

-Oscar Wilde's daring story exceptionally good film. Hatfield 
gives brilliant performance. Sends shivers up and down 
* . „ r — BOXOFFICE 

the spine. 

"Its magnificence can hardly be approached by any picture 
that has ever been made." -HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 





SETS 
TWO 
YEAR 
RECORD! 



fW Cross Wfefc— March «s»i 
Collect At Every Show) 



It PAniEflr WadneBday, March 7, 1945 




THAT HAS BEEN MOST 
NATIONALLY PUBLICIZED 
OF ANY MOTION PICTURE... 
WILL BE RELEASED 
THRU UNITED ARTISTS! 

COlllCr AT IVMVJHOWI 
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Wednesday. March 1* 194* 



PICTURE GROSSES 



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Have' Colossal 43G, Chi; Destiny,' 
Mchtyre Fast 28& Murder 19G 9 2d 



»' Chicago, March 6. 

Bi«"cst currently are "To Have, 
Have Not." at State-Lake, and "Meet 
Me in St. 'Louis," playing second 
week at Chicago, both being socko. 
Only other newcomer is 'Destiny, 
paired with stage bill headed by Hal 
Mclntyre's band at Oriental. Its 
nnc $28,000. Surprisingly big biz is 
being chalked up on fourth week by 
' Objective Burma," with $17,000, at 
the small Roosevelt. "Murder.; My 
Sweet," at $19,000, also is big at the 
Piilacn for the second session. 
Estimates for This Week 

\nollo. (B&K) (1,200: 55-95)— 
"Guest in- House" (UA) (2d wk). 
0!:-.<" $9,000. Last week, brisk 
$1-1.000. . 

Chicago (BScK) (3,900: 55-95 *hr- 
"Meci Me St. Louis" (M-G) with 
Ro. e Marie heading stage show (2d 
wU>. BofT $63,000. Last week, huge 
$(i7.000. 

rtnwntown (Barger) (1,603: 44-95) 
—Shuttered Thursday (1), after best 
week to date with "Hi, Beautiful'' 
<Ui with Lionel Hampton- orch on 
stiivc at wham $32,000. ' 

Garrlck (B&K) (900; 55-95)— 
"Sis.n of Cross" (Par) Xreissue) (2d 
wl<>. Fine $11,000. Last week, tor- 
rid $14,000. 

. Grand (RKO) (1,150; 55-95) — 
"Wutheririg Heights" (UA) and. 
"T.mper" (UA) (reissues). Hefty 
$9. )00. Last week, lofty $11,000. 

Oriental (Iroquois) (3,200; 44-95) 
— •Destiny" (U) with Hal Mclntyre 
orch. June Prelsser heading stace 
show. Fancy $28,000. Last week. 
•Town Went Wild" (PRC) with 
Henry Busse orch, solid $28,900. 

Palaee (RKO) (2J00; 55-95)— 
"Murder. My Sweet" (RKO) and 
"Her Lucky Night" (U) (2d wk). 
Sharp $19,000. Last week, fat $26,000. 

■••sevelt (B&K) (1.5O0; 55-95)— 
"Objective Burma" (WB) (4th wk). 
Firm $17,000. Last week, husky 
$20,000. 

Slate-Lake (B&K) ' (2.700; 55-95)— 
"Have. Have Not" (WB). Terrific 
.$43,000. Last week, "Keys of King- 
dom" (20th) (5th wk). 6 days, and 
"Have, Have Not" (WB), 1 day, 
grand $24,000. 

Unite* Artbts (B&K) (1.700: 55- 
951— "Parklngton" (M-G) (4th wk). 
Snappy $19,000. Last week, $21,000. 

Waco's (Essaness) (1,200; 55-95)— 
"Belle Yukon" (RKO) (2d wk). Fair' 
$14,000. Last week, "Princess, Pi- 
rn te" (RKO) (15th wk), 3 days, and 
' Belle Yukon" (RKO). 4 days, nice 
$10,000. 



"3 Men in White" (M-G). Average 
$1,700. Last week, "Tall in Saddle" 
(RKO) and "Kismet" (M-G). $1,800. 

Loew's State (Loew's) (3,300; 40- 
60) — "Music For Millions" (M-G). 
Plenty of bally with concert by 
Iturbi, Tuesday (27) a hypo, to the 
pic. Looks solid $14,000. Last week, 
"This Man's Navy" (M-G) and 
"Blonde Fever" (M-G), $13,000. 

Mary Anderson (People's) (1.000; 
40-80) —. "Objective Burma" (WB) 
(2d wk). Still sturdy in h.o. around 
$3,500, forte. Last week, strong $3,- 
000. 

National (Stanard) (2,400 ; 50-75) 
—House taken over for. 9 days start- 
ing Wednesday (28) by local war 
plant for home talent snow "On the 
Level." Last week, "Accuse Parents" 
(PRC) and "Delinquent Daughters" 
(PRC) plus vaude, mild $7,500 in five 
days. 

Rlallo (Fourth Avenue) (3,400; .40- 
GO)— "Bell Tolls" (Par). Back at 
regular prices, medium $12,000. Last 
week. "Experiment Perilous" (RKO) 
and "Girl Rush" (RKO), $11,000. 

Strand (Fourth Avenue) (1,400; 
40-60) — "House Frankenstein" (U) 
and "Mummy's Curse" (U). Prob- 
ably good $5,000. Last week, "Gets 
Her Man" (U) and "Dead Man's 
Eyes" (U), okay S4.000. 



'Keys' $16,000, Moot'! 

' Montreal, March 6. 

"Keys of the Kingdom" is smash 
standout here this week.. 

Estimates for This Week 

Palace (CT) (2,700; 35-62 )— "30 
Seconds Over Tokyo" (M-G) (2d 
wk). Good $9,000 after fine $12,500 
ihitlaler. 

Capitol (CT) (2,700; 35-82)— "Ex- 
periment Perilous" (RKO) and "Pal 
Wolf" (RKO). Likely to go to $9,500. 
Last week. "Tall in Saddle' 



Hollywood" 



(RKO) 
(RKO). 



and "Falcon 
big $8,500. 

Loew's (CT) (2,800; 33^87)— n . - Ceys 
of Kingdom" (20th). Terrif $16,000. 
Last week, "Can't Help Singing" (U) 
(2d wk), great $9,500. 

Princess (CT) (2.300:' 30-52)— 
"Dead Mali's Eyes" (U) and "Babes 
Swing St." (U). Average $5,500. 
Last week, "Dark Waters" (UA) ana 
"Western Stars" (U), $5,000. 

Strand (United Amusements. Lid) 
(715; 35-45)— "7 Doors to Death" 
(PRC) and "Lights On Again" 
(PRC). Middling $2,400. Last week, 
"Alaska" (Mono) and "Army Wives" 
(Mono), $2,500. 



B'way Boff ; Tree -Stager Smash 10GG, 
D. Gray -Cugat-Horne Sock 82G, 'Girls. 9 
Spots 80G, 'Berlin -Cavallaro Big 65G 



'G>-Ed$'B«fip J 16,000 
Despite SL tins Dip; 
Tractiafly' Hot 17G 

St Louis, March 6. 
Snow, rain and cold weather will 
cut biz this session. 

Eatuaatcs far This Week 

Loew's (Loew) (3.172; 40-60)— 
"Music For Millions" (M-G) (2d wk ). 
Neat $15,000 after swell $23,500 Hist 
stanza. 

Orpheum (Loew) (2,000; 40-60)— 
"Thin Man To Town" (M-G) and 
"Leave It To Blondie" (Col.) (2d 
wk.). Trim $8,300 after $8,400 first 
session. 

Ambassador (F&M) (3,000: 50-60) 
—'Practically Yours" (Pai> and 
"Double Expense" (Par). Hot $17.- 
000. Last week, "Bell Tolls" (Par), 
good $13,000. 

Fox (F&M) (5,000; 50-60)— "Here 
Come Co-eds" (U) and "Nite Club 
Girl" (U). Swell $18,000 or near. 
Last week. "Murder My Sweet" 
(RKO) and "Girl Rush" (RKO). 
: ditto. 

„ Missouri (F&M) (3,500; 50-60)— 
"Murder My Sweet" (RKO) and 
"Sunday Dinner" (20th). Average 
$9,500. Last week, "Body Snatcher" 
(RKO) and stage show (2d wk), 
$3,000. 

St. Loo's (F&M) ^4,000: 40-50) — 
"Enemy of Women" (Mono) and "A 
Wave. Wac" (Mono). Fair $4,000. Last 
week. "Town Went Wild" (PRO and 
"I'm From Arkansas (PRC). 4.700. 



MCON'-JONES 
BIG 38G, CLEVE. 

'"• vcland, March 8. 
Biz genen * ■ is off : from last 
week, but Spii:e Jones* band and 
"Falcon in Hollywood" is chalking 
up rousing week at the Palace. 
Estimate* for Thb Week 
Allen (RKO) (3,000: 44 - 65)— 
"Keys to Kingdom" (20th) (m.o.). 
Unlocking hcarty $9,000. Last week, 
"Experiment Perilous" (RKO), $6,- 
500 on m.o. 

Hipp (Warners) (3,700; 44-85)— 
"Belle of Yukon" (RKO). Good 
$18,000. Last week, "Keys of King- 
dom" (20th), stout $21,500. 

Lake (Warners) (800; 44 - 85)— 
"Experiment Perilous" (RKO) (m. 
o) Oke $2,500. Last week, "Have, 
Have Not" (WB) (4th wk),. $3,000. 

Obi* (Loew's) (1.200: 44-65)— "Be 
Seeing You" (UA) (4th wk). Sturdy 
$7,000 on m.o. Last week. "Dark 
Waters" (UA) (2d wk), ditto. 

Palaea (RKO) (3 r 700; 55-95)— "Fal- 
con in Hollywood" (RKO) plus 
Spike Jones Orch on stage. Band, is 
boosting this to great $38,000. Last- 
week, "Sunday Dinner" (20th) with 
Dante's magic, fine $27,000. 
Slate (Loew's) (3,450; 44-65)— 
Here Come Waves" (Par). Strong 
$21,000 or over. Last week, "Music 
for Millions" (M-G), $22,500. 

Stlllatan (Loew's) (2,700; 44-65)— 
"Music Millions" (M-G).- . Moveover. 
Tall $10,000. Last week. "Be Seeing 
You".(UA) (3d wk), ditto. 



tree* tony 

18G IN PITT. 



Pittsburgh, March 6. 

Biz booming here this week, with 
"Tree Grows in Brooklyn" whipping 
up best. gross in more than a year at 
Harris. 

Estimates f*r This Week 

Fulton (Shea) (1.700: 40 - 65) — 
Torrid Zone" (WB) (reissue). Nice 
$7,000. Last week, fourth of' "Keys 
Kingdom" (20th), $6,000. 

■arils (Harris) (2,200; 40 - 65)— 
"Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (20th). 
Heading for best week house has 
had since "More the Merrier" (Col). 
Great. $18,000. Last week, second of 
"Here Come Co-Eds" (U), limited to 
3 days, $13,500 for 10 days. 

Feruj (Loew's-UA) (3,300; 40-65)— 
"Meet Me St. Louis" (M-G) (2d wk). 
Sock $25,000 after last week's terrific 
$38,000. 

Kill (WB) (800; 40-85)— "Have. 
Have Not" (WB). Here after fort- 
night each at Penn and Warner. 
Okay $3,700. Last week, "Ministry 
of Fear" (Par), second week move- 
over, $1,700. 

Sanatar (Harris) (1,750; 40-65)— 
"Here Come Co-Eds" (U) (3d wk). 
Moveover. Fast $3,700. Last week, 
"Going My Way" (Par), 10 days, 
$4;800. 

Stanley (WB) (3,800; 40-65)— 
"Practically Yours" (Par). • Good 
$16,000. Last week, second of "Wo- 
man in Window" (RKO), mild 
$12,000. 

Warner (WB) (2,000: 40-65)— "Wo- 
man In Window" (RKO). Move- 
over. Favorable $7,000. Last week, 
•Have, Have Not" (WB) (4th wk). 
big. $8,500. 



Delf Fairish $12,000, 
L'viDe; Husk' OK 14G 

Louisville, March 6. 

Business is dipping slightly this 
week. No particular bally, efforts ex- 
cepting on "Music For Millions" at 
Loew's State which was plugged 
heavily on the radio, and JBed in 
with concert appearance of Jose 
Iturbi at Memorial Aud, Tuesday 
127). Heavy rains which brought 
threat .of a flood, had a dampening 
effect on weekend biz. 

•^sMmates for This Week 

Brn.vn (Fourth Avenue-Loew's) 
(1.000: 40-60)— "This Man's Navy" 
(M-G) and "Blonde Fever" (M-G). 
Good $3,500 on moveover. Last week. 
S:. Louis" (M-G) (5th downtown 
wk). S3.000. 

Kentucky (Switow) (1,200: 30-40) 
- "Something For Boys" (20th) and 



Frisco Holds Own With 
'Waves,' Rousing 40€; 
?lacid'-VandeNice25€ 

San Francisco, March 6. 
Despite midnight curfew's first 
show-shortening week, biz is stout. 
Fox looks leader with "Here Come 
Waves." Golden Gate also is super 
for second week of "Murder My 
Sweet," plus vaudeville. Others are 
holding well. 

Estimates for This Week 
Fox (F-WC) (4,651; 55-85 )-^"Here 
Come Waves" (Par). Giant $40,000. 
Last week, "Be Seeing You" (UA) 
(2d wk). boff $31,000. 

Paramount (F-WC) (2,648: 55-85) — 
"Thunderhead" 20th). Good $16,000: 
Last week. "Bell Tolls" (Par) (2d 
wk), big $18,500. 

WarBeld (F-WC) (2.656; 60-85)— 
"Lake Placid" (Rep) plus stage 
show. Above average $25,000. Last 
Week, "Ministry of Fear" (Par) and 
vaude. $29,000. 

St. Francis (F-WC) (1,400; 55-85) 
—"Be Seeing You" (UA). Third 
week downtown, terrific $20,000. 
Last week, "Have. Have Not" (WB) 
(6th wk). great $13,500. 

Stole (F-WC) (2,133; 55-85)— "St 
Louis" (M-G) (5th wk). Great 
$14,000. Last week, terrific $17,000. 

Golden Gate (RKO) (2,844; 60-95) 
—"Murder My Sweet" (RKO) and 
stage show (2d wk). Sock $29,000. 
Last week, smash $35,000. 

Orpheum (Blumenfeld) (2,448: 40- 
85) — "Song to Remember" (CoD (5 
days) "Here Come Co-Eds" (U). 
2 days, neat $14,500. Last week. 
"Song" (6th wk), good $13,700. 

United Artists (Blumenfeld) 
(1,207: 40-85) — "Tomorrow the 
World" (UA) (4th wk). Okay $9,600. 
Last week, fine $11,700. 



Except for Saturday (3), when 
midnight shows formerly were 
played, the curfew has done no 
seeming damage. Weekdays since 
the Byrnes "request" went into ef- 
fect have been running about nor- 
mal, while this past Sunday (4) was 
exceptionally strong. It is believed 
in some quarters that many folks 
who ordinarily knocked off shows on 
Saturdays, especially late at night, 
will now come out on Sundays in- 
stead. It is estimated by managers 
that Saturday's loss in. business ran 
to as much as 15% for some houres. 
One of the problems encountered 
under the curfew is the clearing ol 
lines for Anal shows and the loss 
sustained when people, faced wilh 
missing a nart of the last show, fall 
out. This was particularly intensified 
Saturc'ay night (3). 

Several new shows of major im- 
portance arrived during the past 
week, and all are doing very big. 
Roxy came in with "Tree Grows in 
Brooklyn" last Wednesday (28), with 
Victor Borge and Joan Edwards 
headl hing on the stage. Initial week 
ended last night (Tues.)joomed to a 
smash $100,000. Due to the length of 
picture, house can get in onlv four 
stageshows daily except on : Satur- 
days, when it is reversing the visual 
process by opening with the rostrum 
display. This Is believed to be the 
first time that's ever been done. 

Capitol, which also can squeeze In 
only four stageshows, including Sat- 
urdays, is way up in the higher 
brackets with "Picture of. Dorian 
Gray" and the Xavier Cugat band, 
plus Robert Walker arid Lena Home. 
With terrific pull from the stage, 
house looks to hit a socko $82,000. 
Paramount a smaller house, Is right 
behind it at the brg $10,000 scored on 
first week, ended last night ' (TueR.) 
wilh "Bring on the Girls" and an all- 
colored bill including Ink Spots. Ella 
Fitzgerald, Cootie Williams band and 
others. House is squeezing in five 
shows daily, as in the Strand, where 
"Hotel Berlin" and the Carmen Cav- 
allaro orch, nlua Peter Lorre, opened 
on Friday (2). An immense $83,000 
is indicated on first' week. All these 
new shows hold. 

The State, on second-run with 
"Meet Me in St. Louis," plus Vincent 
Lopez orch, Sheila Barrett and. 
Johnny Burke, will have its biggest 
week in 'a long time with a mighty* 
$39,000 or over. / 

Holdovers are generally good, led 
by the $95,000 anticipated on the sixth 
and final week of ''Song to Remem- 
ber" at the Music Hall. House brings 
in "Tonight and Every Night" to- 
morrow /Thurs.). 

Estimates far This Week 
aW (City Inv.) (1,140;'$60-$1.25)— 
"Princess and Pirate" (RKO) (4th 
wk). Remains very strong at prob- 
able $29,000 and holds. Last week 
was smart $36,000. 

Capital (Loew's) (4,830; M-$1.20)— 
"Dorian Gray" (M-G), Xavier Cugat 
orch, Robert Walker and Lena Home. 
Heavy pull by stageblU helping to 
get smash $82,000. Last week. "Guest 
in House" (UA), Ralph Edwards' 
Truth or Consequences airshow and 
Gloria Jean (2d wk), fine $74,700. 

Criterion (Loew's) (1,700: 60-$1.25) 
—"Here ComesTTo-Eds" (U) (Sdwk). 
Goes out stoutly at near $19,000, 
while second week was nice $25,000. 

Globe (Brandt) (1,416; 80-$U0)— 
"Three Caballeros" (RKO) (5th wk). 
Very steady at. $21,000 this week 
(4th), not far behind third's $24,000. 
Holds further. 

Gotham (Brandt) (900; 8041.20)— 
"Mr. Emmanuel" (UA) (9th wk) 
Good $9,000 last week (8th) and looks 
to be near same figure oh current 
stanza. Continues on. 

Hollywood (WB) (1.499: 50-$UO) 
—"Roughly. Speaking" (WB) (8th 
wk). Ended fifth frame last night 
(Tues.) at $17,000. almost as much 
as fourth week's $17,300, both okay. 
No closing date set. 

Palace (RKO) (1.700; 60-$1.10)— 
"Woman in Window" (RKO) (6th 
wk>. Will depart at a sturdy $21,000. 
Fifth week was $28,000. "Murder, My 
Sweet" (RKO) opens tomorrow 
(Thurs.). 

Paramount (Par) (3,664; 60-$1.20) 
—"Bring on; Girls" (Par), and all- 
colored stageshow including Ink 
Spots. Ella Fitzgerald and Cootie Wil- 
liams' orch. Finished first week last 



TREE'TERRIF $24,000, 
CINCY; Wlim 13G 

Cincinnati, March 6.' 

"Tree Grows in Brooklyn" Is ap- 
proaching the Albee's record mark 
and overshadowing the town this 
week. "Murder, My Sweet," the 
other newcomer, has tne Palace in 
clover. Overall biz is a few shades 
under last week. Weather in first 
half was the season's best here, but 
an- Ohio river flood provided its 
usual theatre :opposish. 

Estimates far This Week 

Alaee (RKO) (3,100; 44-70)— 
"Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (20th). 
Crowding, the house record at lofty 
$24,000. Last week, "Objective 
Burma" (WB). big $15,000. 

Capitol (RKO) (2.000; 44-70)— 
"Be Seeing You" (UA). Second 
week of m.o. Solid $7,500 after sock 
$11,000 last week. 

Family (RKO) (1,000; 30-10)— 
"Destiny" (U) and "Lucky Night" 
(U). split with "Painted Desert" 
(RKO) arid "Primrose Path" (RKO). 
Nice $2,800. Ditto last stanza on 
"Gangster Frontier" (PRC) and 
"Since Venus" (Col), divided with 
"Pacific Liner" (RKO) and "Joan 
Paris" (RKO) (reissues). 

Grand* (RKO) (1.430; 44-70)— 
"Three Caballeros" (RKO) (2d wk). 
Fancy $7,500 following hefty $14,000 
teeoff. 

Keith's (United) (1.500; 44-70)— 
"Objective. Burma" (WB) (m.o.). 
Pleasing $5,000. Last week, "Be- 
tween Two Women" (M-G) (2d 
run), hot $8,000. 

"H^Cor 0 Co-Eos^U) 44 (m°oI night (Tues.). at very big $8q,000_and 
Fairish $4,000. Last week, "Have, 



Have Not" (WB), third downtown 
sesh, all right $5,000.. j 
Palace (RKO) (2,C00; 44-70)— 



starts sec'ond today (Wed.). Final 
(3d) round for "Ministry of Fear" 
(Par), Johnny Long orch, Louis 
Jordan's Tympany Five. Lorraine 



ful $118,000. "Tonight and Every 
Night" (Col) opens tomorrow 
(Thurs.). 

BepnbUe (Brandt) (1.064 ; 50-$1.10) 
—"Big Bonanza" (Rep) (2d wk). 
Poor at only about $3,000, whiles- 
initial seven days was just a bit bet- 
ter at $3,500. "Utah" (Rep) opens 
Saturday (10)1 

R'slto (Mayer) ' (594: 40-85)— 
"Crime Doctor's Courage" (Col). No 
dice at only $5.500. . "Frisco Sal" (U) 
(2d wk) finished better than ex- 
liccted at okay $7,200. "Nothing But 
T-ouble" (20th) comes in Friday ... 
(9). 

Rlvoll (UA-Par) (1.092; 76-$1.25) 
—'•Keys of Kingdom" (20th) (10th 
wk). Goes one day beyond a 10th 
week, with the final eight days look- 
ing to register a good S24.000. Ninth . 
was a nice $28,000. Next Saturday 
house; brings back "Song of Berna- 
dcttc" (20th) for a 17-Hay run. 

Jtoxy (20th) (5.886:- 60-$1.20)— 
"Tree Grows in B v ookl.vn" (20th) 
-nd stagebill headed . by Victor 
Borge and Joan Edwards (2d wk). 
This, show" is drawing -very heavily, 
with first week through last night 
(Ti'es.) adding to smash S1O6.0OO. 
■Last week, "Han-rover Squave" 
(*>nth) and Milton Berle (3d wk), 
strong $84,000. 

S>ite (Loew's) (3.450: 43-$1.10)— 
VM-ot Me In St Louis" (M-G) (2d 
run) and Vincent Loncz ovch. plus 
Sheila Barrett 'and Johnny Burke in 
oerson. Looks exceptionally fancy, 
£39,000 or over, highest house li;s 
iiom in a long time. Last week, "Thin 
Man Goes Home" (M-G) (2d run), 
Kin? Cole Trio, Benny Carter orch 
and Tunmie Rogers, excellent $37,000. 

Strand (WB) (2.758: 60-$1.20)— 
"Hotel Berlin" (WB), Carmen Caval- 
laro orch and Peter Lorre. Combi- 
nation of stagebill and picture pro- 
viding potent b.o, draw, 'with mam- 
moth $85,000 seen. Last week, "Ob- 
jective Burma" (WB)' and Artie 
Shnw orch (5th wk), very strong 
$49,000. 

V'etorla (Maurer) (720: 70-$1J20)— 
"Fighting Lady" (20th) (7th wk). 
Holding up particularly well, with 
sixth week through last night 
(Tues.) clocking $15,000. while fifth 
was $17,000. "Thunderhead" (20th) 
is due here shortlv. likely Marqfi 15. 

^SUSPECT' NICE 
24G IN HUB 

Boston, March 6. 
Curfew seems to have had no effect 
on Hub houses so far, Biz has been- 
excellent all around, even with hold- 
overs. "St. Louis," second week day- 
date at Orpheum and State, still la 
biggest combo. "Have. Have Not, 
on second session at Met, also is a. 
wow. 

ritliatw far This Week 

(RKO) (3,200; 60-$1.10)— 
Destiny" (RKO) plus Bobby Sher- 
wood orch. Patsy Kelljr, Barry Wood, 
on stage. Radio stars pushing this to 
$28,500, solid. Last week; "Pan Amer- 
icana" (RKO) plus Alan Jones. Ro- 
sario and Antonio, others, $29,000. 

Fenway (M-P) (1,373; 40-74)— "Earl 
Carroll Vanities" (Rep) and "3 Is 
Family'' (UA). About average at 
$7,500. Last week, "Keys Kingdom" 
(20th), $7,000. 

Majestic (Shubert) (1.500; 40-74)— 
'Three 'Caballeros" (RKO) (2d .wk). 
Slid off to $11,000. Last week, great 
$10,000. 

Memorial (RKO) (2,000: 40-75)— 
"Suspect" (U) and "Night Club Girl" 
(U). Not quite up to hopes but nice 
*?4,000. Last week, "Experiment 
Perilous" (RKO) and "Her Lucky 
Ni-ht" (U) (2d wk). $22,000. 

Metropolitan (M-P) (4.367: 40-74) 
—"Have. Have Not" (WB) and "Jade 
Mask" (Mono) (2d wk). Strong 529,- 
000. First week, big $32,000. 

Orpheam (Loew) (2,900; 35-74)— 
"Meet St. Louis" (M-G) (2d wk). 
Best in town at $30,000. Remains 
over. First week, boff $33,000, 

Faramoant (M-P) (1.700: 40-74)— 
"Earl Carroll Vanities" (Rep) and 
"3 Is Family" (UA). Staunch $16,000. 
Last week, "Keys Kingdom" (20th), 
$16,500. 

State (Loew) (3^00; 35-74 )-"Meet 
Me St. Louis" (M-G) (2d wk). Still 
plenty big at $19,000 after wow $24.- 
000, first. 

Transitu (Translux) (000:30-74)— 
"Bluebeard" (PRC). and "Castlfc of 
Crimes" (PRC) (2d wk). JOkay $5,- 
000 after $8,900, first. 



Murder, My Sweet" ^KOX dS and J-^urray. was good 



Powell did a p.a. at six perform- 
ances opening day: wholesome $13,- 
000. Last week. "Here Come Co- 
Eds" (U), $12,500. 

Shubert (RKO) (2,100: 44-70)— 
"Meet Me St. Louis" (M-G). Second 
week of m.o. Strong $6,-000 after 
last week's boff $10,000. 



$58,000. 

Radio City Music Hall (Rockefel- 
lers) (5,945; 60-$1.10)— "Song to Re- 
member" (Col) and stageshow (0th 



GOTTLIEB DRAWS 'TEABS* o 

Holly wood. March 6. 
Alex Gottlieb draws producer 
responsibility on "Dancing With 
Tears," a musical slated for late 



wk). Winds up big money-making ' Mmine al Wal . 
run here this week at strong $95,000 sp ^ n 5- fl /"l ! IJ^t 



run — . _ . . . 

or better. The 1 fifth, with aid ot 
Washington's birthday, was powcr- 



rners. 



Yarn has a nostalgic theme, fea- 
turing gongs of 20 years ago. 



J4 . PSMWTt V*d D <fed» 7> March T, 1945 




Wednesday, Mar«h T. 



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COLLECT AT EVERY SHOW! RED CROSS WEEK— MARCH 18-4 




1* . P*A&WTf Wedaegfoy, March 7, 1945 




Wednesday, March T, 1945 



PICTURE GROSSES 



IT 



Basie TUts 'Sis' Hot 32G, Det.: "Waters,' 
Herman-Kibbee Big 396, "Victory 456 



Detroit, March 6.. 4 
Dimouts and midnight oloslngs are 
making little difference currently 
here Despite ourtallment of usual 
Saturday night midnight shows in 
the loop, so far earlier arrivals are 
compensating for this low. -Winged 
Victory" is boosing at the Fo^. The 
Michigan, with 'Dark Waters'' and 
Woody Herman band and Guy Kib- 
bce on stage, and the Downtown, 
with "Kid Sister" and Count Basie 
band on stage, also are on the big 

*' de ' Estimates for Thtai Week 

Adam* (Balaban) (UOO; 60-85)— 
"Song to Remember" (Col) and 
"Leave Blondie" : (Col) (3d wk). 
Moveovers from Fox, husky $12,000. 
Last week, "Cowboy and Lady" (FC) 
and "Barbary Coast" (FC) (reissues), 
flue $11,000. .- ■ 

Broadway-Capitol (United Detroit) 
(2 800; 60-85)— "Be Seeing You" (UA) 
and "Dangerous Passage" (Par) (3d 



Key Chy Grosser 



Estimate^ Total Qreu 



Bailed jn M ., 
t-res, chiefly first niw, including 



. sa.828,600 

Mies, 17* tnea- 

Ji i -' r " *-■< 
S. Y.) 
total Gross Sam* Week 
Last tear .$3,006,100 

(Based on 24 otttw, 187 theatres) 



wk) Moveovers from 'Michigan, okay 
$14,000. Last week, "Hollywood Can- 
teen" (WB) (4th wk), moveover, 
$12,000. 

Downtown (Howard Hughse) (2,- 
600- G0-85)— "Kid Sister" (PRC) plus 
Count Basie orch on stage. Tall $32.- 
000 Last week, "Bluebeard" (PRC) 

?lus Jane Wither?, others, on stage, 
obust $28,000. . ■ 
Fox (Fox-Michigan) (5,000; 60-8o) 
—"Winged Victory" (20th). Wham 
$45,000. Last week, "Song to Re- 
member" (Col) and "Leave -Blondie 
(Col) (2d wk), great. $33,000. n 

Madison (United Detroit) (1.800: 
60-85 )-"Dragon Seed" < M -. G >; 
Modest $5,400: Last week, "Impatient 
Years"' (Col? and "Something for 
Boys"' (20th), $5:900 for loop repeat. 

Michigan (United Detroit) (4.000; 
80-85 )-"Dark . Waters" (UA) plus 
Woody Herman orch, Guy Kibbee. 
on stage. Great $39,000. Last week, 
K Bc Seeing You" (UA) and "Dan- 
gerous Passage" (Par) (2d wk), nice 
$22,000 behind, first weeks great 
$31,000. ■ ' 

Palms-State (United Detroit) (3.- 
000- 60-85 )— '-Tall in Saddle 1 ; (RKO) 
and "What a Blonde* '(RKO) (2d 
wk). Fancy $14,000 after last weeks 
okav $21,000. 

United Artists (United Detroit) (2.- 
000: 60-85 )— "Meet Me 'St. Louis (M- 
G) and "Main St. After Dark' (M-G) 
(5th wk). Strong $13,000 after .brisk 
$15,000 initialcr. . 

Prov. Okay; *Keys' 16G, ' 
TfcW13G, 2d, 'Curse,' 
House' 14G, All Solid 

Providence, March 6, 
U's bright all around here. Cur 
few doesn't mean much 'to the film 
theatres since they always have 
closed before midnight. Big among 
the first runs are Majestic's "Keys of 
Kingdom," . Strand's "Song to Re 
member" and RKO Albee's horror 
pair, "House of Frankenstein and 
"Mummy's Curse." _ . , 
Estimates for This Week 
Albee (RKO) (2,100; 44-00 >- 
"House of Frankenstein;' (U) and 
"Mummy's Curse" (U). Nifty $14,- 
000. Last week, "Here Come Co- 
Eds" (U) and "Her Lucky Night 
(RKO) (2d wk). big $12,000. 
Carlton (Fay-Loew) (1.400: 44-5o) 

— "Sunday Dinner" (20th) and 
"Fighting Lady" (20th) (2d run). 

good $4,000. Last, week, "Have, 
ave Not" (WB) (3d downtown 
wk), $3,800. 

Fay's (Fay) (2,000; 44-55)— "The 
Doughgirls" (WB) and vaude on 
stage. Trim $7,500. Last week, 
"Torrid Zone" (WB) (reissue) and 
vaude on stage, $6,500. 
• Majestic (Fay) (2,200; 44 - 80) — 
"Keys of Kingdom" (20th). Fancy 
$16,000. Last week, "Sunday Din- 
ner" (20th > and "Fighting Lady' 
(20th). ditto. 

Metropolitan (Snider) (3,100: 44- 
80)— "Song for Miss Julie" (Rep) 
and vaude on stage. Surprisingly 

food $7,500 in 3-day weekend run, 
,ast week,, "Sing Me Song Texas" 
(Col) plus Bobby Sherwood orch, 
nice $8,000 on 4-day weekend run. 

Playhouse (Snider) (1,300; 44-55) 
—"Lake Placid Serenade" (Rep) and 
"Grissly's Millions" (Rep). Modest 
$3,000. Last week, opening week for 
house, only $2,700 for "Brazil" (Rep) 
and "Big Show Off" (Rep). 

State (Loew) (3,200; 50-60)— "Mur 
sic Millions" (MtG) and "Main St. 
After Dark" (M-G) (2d wk). Fine 
$13,000 after sock $18,000 initialer. 
Strand (Silverman) (2,000; 50-60) 

— "A Song to Remember" (Col). 
Opened Monday (5). Last week. 
"Here Come Waves'/ (Par), and 
'Dangerous Passage" (Par) (3d wk), 
bpff $10,000 after $15,000 in second. 

COL. NAMES KUSIEL 

Columbia Pictures has naired Sig 
wart Kuslel supervisor of Latin 
America and Trinidad. He is man- 
aging director of Brazil for the com 
Pany and "stays on temporarily in 
this spot, too. ' 1 ' 

Will headquarter in Rio de Janeiro. 



'2 Women' Hefty 
$23,600 in Philly 

. Philadelphia. March 6. 
Curfew on late spots isn't hurting 
film biz- much except at the all- 
nighters. Hottest along the rlalto is 
"Between Two Women" at the Al- 
dine. . 

Estimates' for 'This Week 
Aldlne (WB) (1,303; 40-86)— "Be- 
tween 2 Women"- .(M-G). Bangup 
$18,500 plus smart $4,500 for. Earle 
Sunday stand. Last week, "Meet Me 
St. Louis" (M-G). husky $8,500 oh 4 
days of 10th week. 

ArcadU (Sablosky) (600; 40-85J— 
"Have, Have Not" (WB) (2d run). 
Torrid $8,8d0 for this small-sea ter. 
Last week, "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" 
(M-G) (3d wk), neat $4,500 on 6 
days of second run. 

Boyd (WB) (2,560; 40-85)— "Guest 
in House' 1 (UAV (2d wk). Strong 
$20,000 after solid $25.000.. opener. 

Earle (2,760: 50-95 ) — "Gets Her 
Man" (U) with "Sons o' Fun" unit 
on stage. Fine $28,500: Last week, 
"3 Is Family" (UA) with Stan Ken- 
ton orch. modest $16,500. 

Fox (WB) (2,245: 40-85)— "Be See- 
ing You" (UA) (3d wk). Strong 
$18,000. Last week, bullish $25,500. 

Karlton : (Goldman) (1.000; 40-85) 
— "Now Tomorrow" (Par) (2d run). 
Neat $8,500. .Last week. "Withering 
Heights" (FC) (reissue) (2d wk), 
okay $4,500 on 4 days. 

Keith's (Goldman) (2,200; 40-85)— 
"Ministry of Fear - ' ■ (Par) (2d run). 
Fair $5,000. Last week. "Winged 
Victory" (20th) (2d run), $7,500. 

Mastbaum (WB) (4,692; 40-85)— 
"Objective Burma" (WB) (2d wk). 
Slipping, to -moderate $18,000 after 
terrif #32,500 plus $4,500 for Earle 
Sunday show opening week. ' 

Stanley (WB) (2,760; 40-85)— 
"Here Come Waves" (Par) (8d wk). 
Okay $18,000. Second sesh was boff 
$30,500. 

Stanton (WB) (1,475: 40 - 85)— 
"Dark Waters" (UA). Rousing $17,, 
500. Last week, "Fighting Lady" 
(20th), $16,000. 



Gray-Macs Up 'Bowery' 
Big 19G in Mild Mpls.; 
'Victory' Strong at 14G 

Minneapolis, March 6 
"Winged Victory"' is the State's 
boffo magnet, while Glen Gray's band 
and own Merry Macs ' will help 
"Bowery to Broadway" to smash ses 
sion at the Orpheum. Lent, cold 
weather and holdovers in many spots 
will hold back overall totals. 
Estimates for This Week 
Aster (Par-Singer) (900: 15-25)- 
Reckless Age" (U) and "Crime Doc 
tor's Courage" (Col). Good $2,400 in 
6 days. Last week, "Midnight Cac- 
K.s" (U) and "Dead Mail's Eye" (U) 
split with "Crazy Nights',' (Mono) 
and "My Buddy" (Rep), ok Ay $2,200, 
Century "(P-S) (1,600: 44-60)— 
Have, Have Not" (WB). Moved here 
from State. Nice $5,500. Las', week 
'Here Come Waves" -Par) and 
"Fighting Lady" (20lhl (4th wk) 
$5,200. 

Gopher (P-S.) (1.000: 40)— "This 
Man's Navy" (M-G). Good J4.500. 
Last week, "Gets Her Man" (U), 
$3,000. 

Lyric (P-S) (1,100; 44-60 )— "Belle 
of Yukon" (RKO). Moveover. Mild 
$4,000. Last week. "Meet Me St. 
Louis" (M-G) (5th wk), okay $5,000. 

Orpheum (P-S) (2,800: 44-70)— 
"Bowery to Broadway" (U) and Glen 
Gray orch. Merry Macs, on stage. 
Powerful $19,000. Last week. "Belle 
of Yukon" (RKO)' (44-60), $7,500. 

Badlo City (P-S) (4.000; 44-60)— 
"Hollywood Canteen" (WB) (2d wk). 
Modest $9,000 after smash $17,000 
first week. 

Slate (P-S ) (2,300; 44-60 >— "Winged 
Victory" (20th). -Great bally pushing 
to strong $14,000. Last week. "Have, 
Have Not" (WB) (2d wk), big $10,000. 

Uptown (Par) (1,100; 40-50)— "Be. 
Seeing You" (UA). First nabc show : 
ing. Fine $4,000. Last week, "Ex- 
periment Perilous" (RKO), $3,000. 

World (Par-Stcffes) (350: 44-80)— 
"Tonight, Every Night" (Col) (3d 
wk). Fine $2,000. Last week, good 
$3,000. 



Gets Man'-'Paree' 14</ 2 G 
In Mild Omaha; 'Bell' 9G 

Omaha, March 6. 

Bad weather is. blamed for below* 
norHialbiz this week. 

Estimates for This Week \ 

Orpheum (Tristates) (3,000; 20-70) 
V^tt Gets Her Man" (U) with "La 
VJe Paree" unit on stage, Looks 
only $14,500, mild. Last week, "En- 
ter Arseno . Lupin" (U) and Glen 
Gray orch plus Merry Macs on 
stage, ditto. 

Brandels (RKO) (1,500; 16-60)— 
"Having Wonderful Crime" (RKO) 
and "Leave It to Blondie" (Col). 
Fairly nice $6,000. Last week, 
"Three Caballeros" (RKO) and 
'.'Crime Doctor's Courage" (Col), 
very big. $7,800. 

paramount (Tristates) (3,000; I8- 
60)— "Bell Tolls" (Par> Back at 
regular scale; not going above $9,000, 

>t so good. Last week, "Meet Me 

;. Louis'' (M-G), okay $8,800. 

Omaha (Tristates) '(2,000; 16-60)— 
"Meet Me St. Louis" (M-'G). Move- 
over. Nice $8,000. Last week, 
"Winged Victory" (20th), moveover, 
nioe $9,000. 

State (Goldberg) (865: 35-50) — 
"30 Seconds Over Tokyo" (M-G). 
About $2,600.» Last week, "Red 
Lights Frisdo-" (F-C) and "Pardon 
Us" (FC) (reissues), so-so $2,000. 

'Music'-'Main St/ Lusty 
$15,000 in MUdishKC; 
M Loud at $14,000 

Kansas City, March 6. 
Biz generally is spotty. "Music 
for Millions.", is out m front, with 
return of "For Whom Bell .Tolls" 
not far behind. Lone h.o, is "Holly- 
wood Canteen," fancy on second 
round. 

Estimates for This Week 
Esquire, Uptown and Fairway 

(Fox-Midwest) (820. 2,043 and 700; 
40-60)— "Sign of Cross" (Par) (re- 
issue) . Okay $11,000. Last week, 
"Hangover Square" (20th), lively 
$13,500. 

Midland (Loew's) (3,500; 45-65)— 
Music for Millions" (M-G) and 
"Main St. After Dark" (M-G). Big 
$15,000 to pace city. Last week, 
^National Velvet" (M-G) (2d wk), 
fancy $12,500. 

Newman (Paramount) (1,900; 46- 
66)— "Bell Tolls" (Par). Loud $14,000 
on return run at regular scale. Last 
week, "Here Come Waves" (Par) 
(3d wk), nifty $10,000. 

Orpheum (RKO) (1,500; 46-65)— 
"Hollywood Canteen" (WB) (2d wk). 
Snappy 12,500. First week, wbw 
$16,000. 

Tower (Fox-Joffce) (2,100; 39-60) 
—"Alaska" (Mono) and "Big Bon- 
anza" (Rep) with stage revue. Trim 
$10,500. Last week, "She gets Her 
Man' 1 (U) and "Destiny" (U) with 
vaude, lusty $11,000. 



LA. Holds Well Despite Curfew, Ms; 
Tree* Mighty 64G in 3 Spots, 'Song' 
45G in 2 on 2d, 'Burma' 30G, 3 for 3d 



'Marietta'-Vaude 
Boff 28G in D C 

Washington. March 6. 

"Naughty Marietta." with vaude- 
ville headed by Gloria Jean, having 
boffo session at .the Capitol. "Objec- 
tive, Burma," also is great on Earle 
holdover. . 

Estimates for This Week 

Capitol (Loew) (3,434; 44-72)— 
Naughty Marietta" (M-G) (reissue) 
with vaude headed by Gloria Jean. 
Boffo $28,000. Last week, "This Man's 
Navy" (M-G) plus v?ude (2d wk), 
smash $22,000. 

Columbia (Loew) (1,234; 44-72)r- 
Meet Me St. Louis" (M-G). Great 
$10,000. Last week, "Fighting Lady" 
(20th) (2d wk). Remarkable $10,000 
after new record first week at $12,000. 

Earle (WB V(2,240; 30-90)— "Objec- 
tive, Burma"" (WB) (2d wk). Fine 
$20,000. Last week, led the. town at 
great $29,000. 

Keith's (RKO) (1,800; 34-66)— 
Three Caballeros" (RKO) (3d wk). 
Neat $10,000. Last week, smart $16,- 
000. 

Metropolitan (WB) (1,800; 30-55)— 
Have, Have Not" (WB). Forte $8,- 
000. Last week, "Enter Arsene Lu- 
pin" (UA). $7,800. 

Palace (Loew) (2.778; 44-72>— "Mu- 
sic for Millions" (M-G). Good $21.- 
000. Last week, "Keys of Kingdom' 
(20th) (2d wk). strong $17,000. 



'BE SEEING' SOCK 18G, 
SEATTLE; 'BURMA' 15G 

Seattle, March 6 
- "I'll Be Seeing You" is leader this 
week with new house record in sight 
at the Liberty. "Objective Burma" 
Is next best in town. 

. Estimates for this Week 
Blue Mouse (H-E) (800; 45-80)— 
"Woman in Window" (RKO) (4th 
wk) plus. "One Body" (Par). Okay 
$5,000 In 8 days after nice $8,100 last 
week. * 

Fifth Avenue (H-E) (2,349; 46-80) 
—"Keys of Kingdom " (20th) (2d 
wk). Big $9,300 after big $15,100 
last week. 

Liberty (Jensen & von Herberg) 
(1,860;- 45-80)— "Be Seeing; You" 
(UA) and ''Missing Juror" (Col) 
Colossal $18,000, or close, for new 
house record under present policy. 
Last week, "Tonight. Every Night" 
' (Col) (4th wk) and "Shadows ii 
Night" (Col), 5 days, okc $5,200. 

Music Box IH-E) (800; 45-80)— 
"Thin Man Goes Home" (M-G) (4th 
wk) and "Blonde Fever" (M-G). 
Solid,$6,000. Last week, great $7,100, 
Music Hall (H-E) (2,200; 45-80)— 
Guest in House" (UA) and "Miss 
Bobby Socks" (Col). Good $10,000 
or over. Last week. "Bell Tolls" 
(Par), wonderful S14.800. 

Orpheum (H-E> (2.600; 45-80)— 
"Objective. Burma" (WB). Great 
$15,000 or over. Last week, "Sus 
Dect" (U) and "Get? Her Man".' (U), 
$15,500 in 9 days.- 

Palomar (Sterling) (1,350: 30-$l) 
—"3 Russian Girls" (UA) plus stage 
Modest $9,000. La.st week, "Song of 
Texas" (U) and "Niuht Club Girl'' 
(U) plus vaude, $9,700. 

Paramount (H-E) (3,039: 45-80)— 
"Bell Tolls" (Par) (2d wk). Good 
$13,000 after great $10,700 last week 
Roosevelt (Stcrlinc) (800: 45-80)- 
"Havc, Have Not" (M-G) (5th wk) 
Sock $5;500. Last week, big $0,200. 

Winter Garden (Sterling) (800; 25 
50)— "Kismet" (M-G) and "Bowery 
td Broadway" (U) (3d run). Fairish 
$3,200. Last week, "Parkington' 
(M-G) and "Doughgirli" (WB) (3d 
run). $3,400, curfew hurting this 
spot. 



Broadway Grosses 



Estimated Total Gross 
This Week. ........ , ..$630,590 

• (Based on 16' theatres) 

Total Gross Same Week 
Last Year. ... ......... .$605,500 

(Based on 14 tneatres) ■ 



INDPLS. SPOTTY BUT 
'WAVES' HIGH $18,000 

Indianapolis, March 6. 
Biz Ls spotty here again this week, 
but better than lately. "Here Come 
the. Waves" looks like a new high 
for year at the Indiana to lead the 
city. 

Estimates for This Week 
Clrole (Katz-DoUe) (2.800; 32-55) 
—"Murder, My Sweet" (RKO) and 
Goln' to Town" (RKO). Tepid $9,- 
000, despite first day p.a. by Dick 
Powell.' Last week, "Fighting Lady" 
(20th) and "Sunday Dinner" (20th), 
hefty $12,800. 

Indiana (Katz-DoUe) (3,300; 32-55) 
—"Here Come Waves" (20th). Ter- 
rific $18,000, with possibility of hold- 
over instead of usual m.o. Last 
week, "Can't Help Singing" (U) and 
"Grissley's Millions" (U), $11,000. 
Keith's (Indie) (1,200; 35-65)— 
She's a Sweetheart" (Col) and Red 
Foley's Radio Roundup on stage. 
Dandy $5,500 in 4 days. Last week, 
"Sgt. Mike". (Col) and vaude. aver- 
age $4,500, same time. 
Loew's (Loew's) (2,450; 32-55)— 
Lost in Harem" (M-G) and "Strange 
Affair" (Col). Modest $10,000. Last 
week, "Music for Millions'' (M-G), 
fine $14,000. 

Lyric (Katz-Dolle) (1,600: 32-55) 
— "Fighting Lady" (20th) and "Sun- 
day pinner" (20th). Oke $4,800 in 
5-day moveover. Last week. "Wo- 
man in Window" (RKO) and "Bra- 
zil" (Rep), nice $5,500 in 9 days, also 
on m.o. 



Tonight' Top New Buff. 
Entry, Rousing $17,500 

Buffalo, March 6. 

Plenty of holdovers will hold down 
total this. week. 

Estimates for This Week 

Buffalo (Shea) (3.500; 40-70)— 
"Here Come Waves" (Par) and 
"Double Exposure" (Par) ' (2d wk). 
Bright $15,000 after terrific $25,000 
last week. 

Great Lakes (Shea) (3,000; 40-70)— 
"Meet Me St. Louis" (M-G) (3d wk); 
Still nice at $13,000 after bumper 
$18,000 initialcr. 

Hipp (Shea) (2,100; 40-70)— "Min- 
istry of Foar" (Par) and "Dixie Jam- 
boree" (Par). Okc $8,500. Last week, 
"This Man's Navy" (M-G) and "Dan- 
gerous Passage" (Par ) (9 .^days), 
$9,000. 

Lafayette (Basil) (3.300; 40-70)— 
"Tonight. Every Night" (Col) and 
"Unwritten Code" (Col). Lofty at 
$17,508. Last week. "Song to Remem 



Los Angeles, March 6. 

Despite the fact that there is only- 
one top new bill in town, local busi- 
ness lsr" holding up well. Midnight 
curfew drop has been comparatively 
slight so far, with only the State and 
Los Angeles taking it on the. chin. 
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,-", single 
new entry; is roaring through to a 
mighty $64,000 in three spots. Likely 
would have been good for at least 
$6,000 more at the State if the all- 
night operation was still in effect. 

"Song to Remember" is still robust 
in two houses at sweet $45,000 on 
second session. Third frame of "Ob- 
jective Burma," :iri three spots, looks 
solid $30,000, wihle fourth stanza of 
Here Come the Waves" is big $27,- 
000 in two Par houses. , 

Estimates for This Week 

Carthay Circle (F-WC) (1,518; 50- 
$1)— "Thunderhead" (20th) and "Cir- . 
cumstantial Evidence" (20th). Good 
$8,000 on -6 days! Last week, "To- 
night, Every Night" (Col) (1 wk) 
and "Grissly's Millions" (Rep) (4 
days), $2,600. .... 

Chinese (Grauman-WC) (2,048; 50- 
$l)-VTree Grows in Brooklyn" 
(20th), Strong $19,500. Last week. 
"Tunderhead". (20th) and "Evidence' 1 
(20th) (2d wk) (0 days), good $9,300. 

Downtown (WB) (1,800; 50-$l)— 
"Objective Burma" (WB) (4th wk). 
Nice $14,000. Last week, fine $18,000. 

Egyptian (F-WC) (1,538; 50-$l)— 
"National Velvet" (M-G) (4th wk). 
Finaling at $7,000. Last week, okay 
$9,-000. 

Four Star (UA-WC) (900; 50-$D— 
"Tpnight, Every Night" (Col) (3d 
wk) and "Grissly's Millions" (Rep) 
(1st wk). Okay $3,500. Last week, 
nice $4,500. 

Guild (F-WC) (968, 50-$D— "To- 
night, Every Night" (Col) (3d wk) 
and "Millions" (Rep) (1st wk). Neat 
$4,500. Last week, $5,700. . 

Hawaii (G&S) (1,100; 50-$1.00)— 
"Lights Go On Again" (PRC) and 
"Great Mike" (PRC). Good . $7,000. 
Last .week, "Accuse Parents" (PRC) 
and "Swing Hostess" (PRC) (8> . 
days), weak $3,000. 

Hollywood'. (WB) (2,756: 50-$U00> 
—"Objective Burma" (WB) (3d wk). 
Sturdy $9,000. Last week, nice $11,- 
500. , 

Los Angeles (D'town-WC). (2,097; 
50-$1.00)— "National Velvet" (M-G) 
(4th wk). Trim $12,500, curfew ac- 
counting for . sizeable drop. Last 
week, forte $19,500. 

Orpheum (D'town) (2,200; 65-85)— 
"My Affair" (UA) (reissue) with 
vaude acts on stage. Modest $19,000, . 
draw beinc the film. Last, week, 
House Frankenstein" (U) and 
"Mummy's Curse" (U), with Ella , 
Mae Morse on stage, $19,700. ' ' i 
Pant-ages (Pan) (2,812: 50-$l>- I 
"Song to Remember" (Col) (2d wk) J 
and "Under Western Skies" (U) (4 
days). Solid $21,500. Last week, 
with "Love Mystery" (Col) (3 days), 
record $30,000. 

Paramount (F&M) (3,389; 50-$l)— 
"Here Come Waves" (Par) and 
"Dangerous . Passage" (Par) (4tH 
wk). Nice $18,000, and holds. Last 
week, nifty $21,500. 
. Paramount Hollywood (F&M) 
(1,451; 50-$D— "Waves" (Par) (4th 
wk). Steady $9,000. Last week, 
forte $11,900. 

RKO HIllHtreet (RKO) (2,690; 50- 
80)— "Song Remember'" (Col) (2d 
wk) and "Western Skies" (U) (4 
days). Stout $23,500. Last. week, 
with "Love Mystery" (Col) (3 days), 
smash $32,500. 

Rltz (F-WC) (1,370: 50-$D— "Na- 
tional" Velvet" .(M-G) (4th wk). 
Finales at $0,000. Last week, hit 
$8,600. 

State (Loew's-WC) (2,404; 50-$D— 
"Tree Grows" (20th). Going. to $29,- 
000. giant in viaiv of all-night shows 
loss. Last week. "Thunderhead" 
(20th) and "Evidence" (20th) (2d 
Wk), down to S17.300 with loss of all- 
night shows. 

United Artists (UA-WC) (2,100; 
50-$l )— "Tonight. Every Night". (Col) 
(3d wk) and "Millions" (Rep) (1st 
wk). Okc $8,500. Last week, good 
$10,600. 

Uptown (F-WC) (1,790; 50-$D— 
"Tree Grows" (20th). Heading for 
record at $15,500. Last week, "Thun- 
derhead" (20th) and "Evidence" 
(20th) (2d wk). «?ood $6,900. 

Wilshlre (F-WC) (2.296: 50-$D— 
"Tonicht. Everv Night" (Col) (3d 
wk) and "Millions" (Rep). Slow 
$4.000.. Last' week, slow $5,300. 

WHtern <WB> (2.500: 50-$l> — 
"Objective Burma" (WB) (3d wk). 
Nice $7,000. Last week, forte $0,600. . 



her" (Col) (3d wk) and "Shadows- 
of Night" (Col), fancy $10,000 for 
third sesh. 

20th Century (Ind.) (3,000; 40-70)— 
"Three Caballeros" (RKO) and "Ne- 
vada" (RKO) (2d wk). Modest $8 - 
000. Last week, grand $19,000. 



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niun imii.Iiii vi.hi. rualm-ca l-'nyo Hmemon. 
Helmut Diiniim-. Raymond Mnssey. Andrea 
King. J'h.t f/iru-. Ulrcclod by Peter ooil- 
fi-cy. N*-iviniiil:iy. Jo I'uk.hiu :iml Alv'hli 
Uosiiln rrimi Vii-Ul IJaiml'a novel: soon!, 
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Molly and Me 

(SONGS) 



SOlh-Foi release of Robert Bussler pro- 
dur'tfefi, --Slurt Qraole Flel'ln. Monty Wool, 
ley, fladiir JjcDowM). Directed by Lewis 
Holier. SgFeoiipluy, I.eonind rVnekln*; adap- 
tation, ftog- ¥ r Binfoul: camera. I'luirlee 
Clarke: editor, .John Mci'iiffefty. from novel 
by Frances Morion. Tia.lc.-linu-n N.. ■ •• 
March '2, 'it. Running tiim>. Ifl -.MIN>. 



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"Grand Hotel-' in a 1945 Nazi set- 
ting, now known as "Hotel ■Berlin, 
Is socko. Its socko. as entertainment 
and as boxoft'icc, anqther timely 
break for Warners, as was "Casa- 
blanca" and "Confessions of a Nazi 
Spy." 

A melodrama out oX the headlines, 
this compact, punchy thriller should 

be an cxhibV aelifiht -The dialog vtllucs . . Al „ — 

reads like a footnote to Yalta, ana bel i y . laU6 h material as well as ef- 
the film plays like a trailer for the , fective bits of p at hos. Above all. it 

holds an excellent all-round cast 
topped by Gracie Fields, Monty \Vool 



Inauspicious title cloaks a pleasant 
comedy -drama which should fare 
handsomely in the key runs and all 
the way down the line. Despite sonic 
incongruities in thematic develop- 
ment "Molly and Me" impresses fa- 
vorably for its swift pace, ski llfiir 
direction and compact entertainment 
values. It is neatly studded with 



London peace conference. 

There's no mincing of language and 
ikirting of sensitivities. Unlike the 
guarded, double-talk of "Nazi Spy 
and some of the necessary vagueness 
of "Casablanca," the WB version of 
Vicld Baum's novel (brought up to 
the minute, circa 1945 and not 43. 
when she first authored it) is one for 
the crystal-ball. The war's already 
lost— or, at least, there's that defeat- 
ist aura about Hotel Berlin— and the 
Nazi higherups are packing their 
loot for a South American getaway, 
already plotting World War III, with 
a plan "to be more skillful next time 
when we attempt to create unrest In 
North America. 

For average film fan consumption 
that's the least of it. For average 
American and, for that matter, all 
our Allied audiences, this is arrest- 
' lng melodrama and an honest if, 
mayhaps, sometimes naive attempt 
to treat a world catastrophic situa- 
tion in broad values. 

Producer Lou Edelman has guided 
his charges well. Productionally the 
lavishness is by suggestion rather 
than in reality. It's still the Hotel 
Berlin on one floor or another. There 
are the periodic Allied air blitzes 
which chase everybody into the shel- 
ters, but otherwise it's a Grand Hotel 
in the lobby or on the sundry floors, 
but particularly in the apartments ot 
general (Raymond Massey); an in 
former '(Faye Emerson), or a the 
atre darling (Andrea King) . whose 
closets-full of clothes from Paris em- 
bitter the hotel harlot who hungers 
for one pair of shoes; 

That's the action, but it's action all 
the way. It is kaleidoscopic but 
thrill-packed. Director Peter Godfrey 
has painted well his chiseling gau- 
leiters and ruthless Gestapo. Alan 
Hale is one of these mercenary gau- 
leilers about to be done in by the SS 
bunch until Miss Emerscon turns on 
him in an air-raid shelter, after he 
had berated a woman from the ghetto- 
for not wearing her Star of David. 
George Coulouris is the complete 
menace as the Gestapo leader, cov- 
etous of the dishonored general's 
(Massey) mistress, the darling of the 
Berlin theatre (Miss King). Henry 
Daniell is the party-chief who would 
give Massey an honorable way out 
but is ever subservient to the Ges- 
tapo. 

Then there is Peter Lorre in a cap- 
i italalbeitsomewhat vague assignment 
1 of the befuddled Prof. Koenig, whose 
genius was "softened up" to the Nazis' 
will. And back of it all is the un- 
derground, apparently in a pretty 
good position within Hotel Berlin to 
help its cause along when some 
crisis demanded it. 

There are many suspensefvl 
touches right along. The footage Is 
replete with arresting meller. 
Whether it's Dickie Tyler as the re- 
sourceful little bellboy, or his father, 
a waiter, both of the underground, 
or the femme star who apparently 
first falls for Dantine (the escaped 
anti-Nazi) and later would turn him 
in, the situations are constantly in- 
triguing. The performances match. 
All are excellent. Miss King as the 
star and Miss Emerson as' the- in- 
former, hungry for a pair of new 
shoes, silently in love with a Jewish 
boy whom she thought dead, are con- 
vincing. Ditto Massey, which is 
merely dittoing what is generally any 
Massey performance. That goes for 
Dantine and right down the line. 

Not the least of the technical as- 
sists is an excellent dramatic score 
by Franz Waxman. Abel. 

BBOWH, CABNEY LAFFEBS 

Hollywood, March 6, 
Wally Brown and Alan Carney are 
slated for a series of comedies to 
/ follow their next chore, "Radio Stars 
on Parade," which starts early In 
April. 

First of the zany films will be 



ley, Roddy McDowall and Reginald 
Gardiner. 

The Fields - Woolley - McDowall 
combo is, of course, a nifty bundle to 
drop onto any marquee. The Beard 
clicks again in a role wherein ex- 
plosive repartee is more scathing and 
voluminous than ever. Miss Fields, 
capably handling assignment as 
friend - philosopher - guide to the 
wealthy, hermit-like autocrat, is, in a 
setting, which serves as. an excellent 
foil' for the Beard's caustic dialog. 
Roddy McDowall appeals strongly- as 
the lonely youngster whose father 



has" never learned liuw hyj i* . "qpflfr 



with him 

Story, with an English locale, opens 
with a jobless music hall entertainer 
(Miss Fields) taking job as a house 
keeper to keep going. She revitalizes- 
a gloomy household, discharges a 
parisitical group of thieving ser- 
vants, makes the place seem like 
home to the motherless boy, and 
finally brings about an understanding 
between father arid son. 

Interwoven is an ancient scandal 
concerning the runaway wife of the 
one-time Parliamentarian (Woolley) 
who had resigned his seat in the 
House of Commons many years be- 
fore just when he was about to be 
appointed to a cabinet post. Woolley 
has been persuaded to "stand" for 
parliament again when his errant 
wife returns with blackmail as her 
objective. Unbeknownst to the poli 
tician Miss Fields scares the woman 
out of England by framing a phoney 
murder in her hotel room. This, 
among others, is an obvious, uncon- 
vincing sequence, rather crudely han 
died and scarcely adequate as a so 
lution to the "situation." It presents 
a troupe of ex-actors who also came 
to work in the politico's household 
after the other help had been dis- 
charged, in the staging of the scene, 
On the . whole, however, the slen 
der motif has been nicely developed 
with corking individual perform- 
ances and via deft ' megaphoning. 
Reginald Gardiner rates attention as 
the ex-actor turned butler, playing 
the part strongly for laughs at times. 

Miss Fields has several fetching 
songs, including "Bring Back My 
Bonnie," "The Awfulness, the. Sinful- 
ness, the Wickedness of Men," and 
"Christopher Robin." M6ri. 



Miniature Reviews 

"Hotel Berlin" tWBV. Socko 
meller, right out of the .head'-' 
lines. Exciting melodrama that 
will hypo anybody's b.o. 

"Molly and Me" l20tli). Gracie 
Fields - Monty Woolley - Roddy 
McDowall comedy-drama, gear- 
ed for healthy b.o. 

"The Picture of Dorian <"ii:iy" 
(M-Gl. A critic's: picture.. Sell- 
ing will determine its b.o. 

vSu'dan" (U) (Color). Roman- 
tic adventure costumer in rich 
coloring that should range from . 
well to belter than good b.o. 

"The Crime D«etor's Cour- 
age" (Col). No suspense in this 
latest of the series; for the lower 
duals. 

"Eadle Was » Lady" (Col) 
(Musical). Ann Miliar and Joe 
Besser in iignt come-y with mu- 
sic; okay supporter for duals.. 

"Earl Carroll's Vanities' 
(Musical) (Rep). Moderate b.o.. 
for Dennis O'Kccfe-Constance 
Moore starrer. 



sometimes erratic photography, it has j Wright is passable as the burley nuuv 
particular appeul to the eye. lagor and Miss Miller's sweetie, whili 

Ancient Egypt, backgrounded by 



do not. It would secih, especially in 
view of. the fact that the horror and 
murder cycle is how enjoying pop- 
larily, that" the best way . to mer- 
chandise "Dorian Gray"; may be to 
stress that angle; also, perhaps, to 
try to arouse the public on contro- 
crsial aspects of the lllm. ■■''•. 
Pandro' S. Berman has invested the 
yicture with much production value, 
it is reported to have cost over $2,- 
000,000, raising the question of 
whether the negative cost will be re- 
turned. That again may depend a lot 
on the selling and how much talk 
about the film and its theme may 
count in arousing interest in seeing 
it. Five persons, including Dorian 
Gray, go dead in the picture. That 
might be played up, .too. The first is 
the saloon singer who kills herself 
over Grafy, the second his friend who 
did h is portrait and is murdered by 
Grnyr the third a chemist who sui 
cidesv fourth a. sailor out to Jft .Gray 



slave-trading, thievery and intrigue, 
provides the locale for the lavish 
production turned out by Paul Mal- 
vern and directed neatly by. John 
Rawlihs.-who litis efficiently handled, 
in particular, some of the action 
scenes. These include battles be- 
tween rival factions, a horse race and 
an avalanche which is part of a 
scheme to wipe out an army on the 
way to battle a slave group. 

The story, an original by Edmund 
L. Hartmann, hns been woven to- 
gether skillfully with satisfactory 
dialog. ~ Production values, in addi- 
tion to the glittering costuming and 
outdoor shots, include numerous im- 
pressive, colorful settings.. . 

Maria Moritez lends glamour to the 
role of an Egyptian queen who is 
grabbed by slave-traders but ell'ccls. 
an escape, aided in . part by Jon Uall 
and Andy De'vine, who are a couple of 
rovliig horse-thieves and pickpockets. 
Captured by the slavers, the trio is 
about to be executed when Turhan 
Bey frees thcrri in spectacular 
fashion. 

Bey virtually steals the picture as 
the leader of a group of slaves whose 
mission is to' wipe out the slave- 
traders. He. and Miss Montez con- 
tribute the romance; elements. George 
Zucco, as the scheming chamberlain 
in the' Queen's royal setup, acquits 
himself creditably, . .while among 
others handling themselves ably is 
Robert Warwick,' as head of a slave- 
trading bunch. 

Two background songs for mixed 
choruses were specially .written for 
the picture by Everett Carter and 
Milton Rosen. They are "Proud and 
Free," an operatic type number 
which Impresses considerably, and 
"The Call to .Love," led by an . un- 
seen soloist, which doesn't .'Char. 



JcIT Donnell clowns well as BesserV 
romantic viz-a-vis, Hal Mcliilyre's 
band provides trim backgrounding 
but is seldom spotted to best adviiii- 
lage. Wnir.' 



The Picture of DorlM 
Gray 

(ONE 80NO) 

MeLro-Ooldwyn-Uayer release or Pandro 
S. Bermao prodocUon. Features Geonre 
Bandera, Hard Hat lie M, Donna. Reed, Angela 
Lanaborj, Peter Lawford. Directed by Al- 
bert Lowln. Baaed on novel by Oecur 
Wilde: adaptation. Albert Lewln; editor: 
Ferris Webster; camera, Harry Slraoilni. At 
Capitol, N. T.. week March 1, Running 

time, i»7 mm. 

Lord Henry Wotton ..Oeorge Banders 

Dorian Orar..... .Hurd Hatfield 

aiadrs Hailward ....Donna Reed 

Sibyl Vane, Angela Tdnibury 

David Stone.......... l'eter tanford 



party and, finally, Gray himself. It's 
his painting, horribly disfigured and 
bloodied up by Gray, which, in line 
with fantasy, turns on him. 

The morbid theme of the Wilde 
story, carefully but also somewhat 
boldly adapted to the screen, is built 
around Gray; his contempt for the 
painting that was made of him, the 
fears of not retaining youth and, of 
course, the unrcgenerate depths to 
which Gray sinks and the evil ru- 
mors about him that have become, 
widely circulated. His utter indiffer- 
ence to them, his troubled mind, the 
weaknesses that make him an inter- 
esting character and. on the other 
hand, his' sadistic tendencies, all com- 
bine to make Gray a subject any 
psycho-analyst would like to lay his 
hands on. In the adaptation, Albert 
Lewin, who directed, has very subtly 
but unmistakably, pegged/ Gray for 
what he was, but it may go over the 
heads of a lot of people anyway. 
Also, much of the offscreen narration, 
explaining among other things what 
is going on in Gray's mind, plus the 
epigrammatic slants, might be too 
much for most to grasp. 

Hurd Hatfield, who had a minor 
part in Metro's "Dragon Seed." is 
pretty-boy Gray. He plays it with 
little feeling, as apparently intended, 
but does it well, though he should 
have been aged a little toward the 
end. As Hatfield does the Gray part, 
he's singularly Narcisstic all the way. 
Sander's, misogynistic of mind and a 
cynic of the first water, turns in a 
very commendable performance. It's 
he who upsets the romance, ostensibly 
serious on Gray's part, which has de- 
veloped with a cheap music hall vo- 
calist. She's Angela Lansbury, who 
registers strongly and very sympa 
thetically. Miss Lansbury sings 
^Goodbye, Little Yellow Bird," i 
haunting old English music hallnum 
ber which is reprised several times. 
Another sympathetic character 
Donna Reed, who also falls in love 
with Gray but is brushed aside. Peter 
Lawford plays the man she jilts, 
while Lowell Gilmore is the mur- 
dered painter, Richard Fraser the 
brother of Miss Lansbury, and Doug, 
las Walton, the chemist suicide. All 
are well cast, together with numerous 
minor characters. Char. 



The CrlHte Ddtitlor's 
I Wage 

Coluinblu 'rolease of .Utnlolpli i\ Molliow 
product Inn. . Slnra. Warner :'' nasli-r: fo.-i- 
lurea Hillary • Brooke. Jerome 'rowan. Hub- 
ert Scott. Dlrei-urd by Ueoiice Sherman.' 
Screenplay . by Erli: Taylor .IihiumI .on radio 
pro'BTain by- Max Man-in: i-ann-rii, li. W.. 
O'Connell; editor. Ilwlclit I'al.lwoll. Al 
■IV.-llo N. Y.. weoli of .MHtt-h 2. 'I.'i. Jliliv 
Iiik I uiii'. 7« M1NS. 
Holii'i-I Orilway.. 
Kathleen (.'ai>nn. .... 

Jelters Jerome 

Bob Rencorot. 

John .Massey 

Captain Birch 

Gordon Cui-Hnn 

Duller. 



Karl r.-irrolI'M VaniiicN 

'(MUSICAL) 

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lilal r.tory hv Curl laliil l. , }ir.luiiiioiirf> iMittir, 
Itlvluinl. I,. \'au Kiikoi-; i-amrra. .lavl.. .\l;.na '; 
on|;s. Walter Kent and Klin tlanunn; mn- 

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Previewed X. v.. I'eli. 'j. i;,. ilnin.inK 
lime. M MI.XH. 



Danny Haliiwlit . . . 

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I'lalie Kllltllt. 

Plnl.y I'rlre., 

Waller 

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Waller In I'lull: . . 
Mr. Weeiils. .„ . . . . 

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. . . .-Warner llaxlei- 

llllliiry llrooke 

, . . . . Jerome Cnwnn 

ICulieit Scott 

. . . .l.luyd (Virrijciin 
....Kinory Parncll 
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t'lini-los Al-ut 

MIrucI KriiKRa.. ; . . . . Anilumy t'nruso 

•Dolores Bmecn I.iiplln Tovar 

David txse Di-hiiIh Moore 

Delfietlve Kannlnir ..Jack iMrrliik'ton 

Luna.. .-.KiiiK Koiib Kasliay 



BaaU Hailward. 

James Vane. 

Allen 'Campbell. 

Adrian Slnsleton. 

Sir Robert Ben tier 

lira. Vane.... 

Lady Asatha. . , 

Sir Thoraaa. ... . 

Ducbeea 

Malvollo Jones Chairman.. 
Youns French Woman .... 
Kale....... 



Lowell Gilmore 
.Rlcbard Fraaer 
Douglas Wallon 
. : Morton Lowry' 
. . . Miles Mnndcr 
.Lydla Bllbrook 
...Mary Forbes 

Robert Grelc 

.Moyna MhcOIII 
. . . . .Billy Sevan 
. .Renlo'f'nrson 
. . .Lillian Bond 



"The. Picture of Dorian Gray," 
based upon the Oscar Wilde story, 
represents an interesting and daring 
experiment .by Metro in view of the 
subject matter. What it may do at 
the boxoffice, something not as easy 
to foretell as with most pictures, 
also makes it an intriguing piece of . 5ata 

' " " Khafra 

ic's picture. 

In the advertising, exploitation, 
publicity, etc., may lie the answer 
from a gross point of view. How- 
ever, the ad approach is something 



Sadan 

(COLOR; SONGS)* 

Universal relense of Paul Malvern pro. 
duttlon. Features Maria Montez. Jon Hall 
Turhan Bey, Andy Dcirlne, CJeorKe Zucco 
and Robert Ware-Irk. Directed by John 
Rawlins. Story and adaptation. Edmund 
L. Hartmann; editor, Milton Oarnilti: Homes, 
Everett Carter and Milton Rosen; camera. 
George Robinson; sneHul photography. John 
P. Fulton. Previewed In N. V. l-'eb. 2S. 
Running time, 7S MIN8. 

Nalla ... Maria Mohlcz 

Menib. .Jon Hall 

Heruu....... , Turhan Boy 

N'ehka Andy Dcvlne 

Horadef.... ; (leorse Zucco 

Maatet , . Itobert Warwick 

fletna......',:..-... Phil Van Standi 

Ubn....... llnrry ^rdlnx 

Gcarae J^ynn 

..Charles Amt 



One of the poorer entries in the 
series, this "Crime Doctor" pic lacks 
suspense or mystery. A lower dualer. 

Yarn finds Dr. Ordway dealing 
with a detective story writer, a. for- 
tune hunter, two Spanish dancers and 
a studious young man, in an effort to 
solve a murder. Everyone is suspect, 
but by pointing suspicion at majority 
of the cast and overlooking one ac- 
tor, director makes the solution too 
obvious. 

Warner Baxter gives a forthright 
performance ' as the psychiatrist 
turned mystery-solver. ■ Hillary 
Brooke, as the gal; Robert Scott, as 
the eccentric youth, and Jerome 
Cowan, as the detective story, writer, 
go through their . paceB iii capable 
fashion. Rest of cast is seen briefly. 

Script takes too much for granted, 
and direction . lacks smoothness, 
jumping around without too much 
thought of audience reaction. Set- 
tings are substantial for this light- 
budgeter. Sten. 

Eadle Was a Lady 

(MUSICAL) 

Columbia release ot Mktiel Kl-alke. pro- 
duction. Features Ann Miller.- -foe Besser. 
Directed by Arthur Dre truss. Orlirlnal story, 
lind screenplay by Monte Brlce; camera, 
llrunctt GufTey; pilllor. JameH Sweeney; 
songs. L. Wolfe Gllliert, Ben Oakland. Saul 
Chaplin. Simmy Cabn, Phil Moorp, Howard 
Glbeling. Harold Dickinson, Buddy De Syl- 
va, Naclo Herb Brown, At Gramercy. Parle. ' 
N. T., March 1-2, '4.1. Running lime, S8- 
MINB. 



Eadle Allen.. 
Professor" * Dingle . . . 

Tommy Foley. 

Pamela -Parker 

Jimmy Tuttle. 

Rose Allure 

Aunt Prlscilla........ 

Hnnnegan.;; 

Dean Flint. 



Ann Miller 

Joe Besser 

...William Wright 

Jeff Donnell 

Jimmy Little 
..^Marlon Martin 
.Kathleen Howard 

.Tom Dugan 

.Douglas Wood 



Earl Carroll as a showman lias 
long been topgrade, and it's untorlu- 
natc that Republic Pictures could not 
have whipped together a belter story 
with which to accentuate the pro- 
ducer's positive. ''Earl Carroll's Van- . 
Hies" can thus hope. 16 achieve no 
more than moderate boxoffice. 

this dim is. hot one to glamorize 
the career .-of. 'Carroll..' portending to 
be . strictly an. in— .cnt In his pro- 
ducing lifetime. It*' straight fiction, 
and the basic value- to such- a pic 
might well have bocn the beauts 
around whom much of his career has 
actually been predicated. 

The picture lias two elements that 
distineuish it, however— a sontj and a- 
gii-li .The tune is "Endlessly," biie of 
several by Walter Kent and Kim 
..Q—'lfip^- i^jjjutjjwksta^e musical; 
the gai^0on?l!fiTce • Moore! ■ . - 1 ." 

Of the two, it's Miss Moore who's 
the film's, top commodity, a sock 
looker, who needs to be "discovered" 
all over again for musicals. Miss 
Moore wears clothes as Ihey were 
intended to be worn; she screens like • 
a million and she knocks off a tune 
with better than passing interest. 
"Endlessly" is far and away the best 
tune in the pic. 

"Vanities" specifically is about how 
Carroll is looking for talent for a 
new show an* how a visiting prin- 
cess from a dot on the European map 
winds up in the show. That would 
be Miss Moore, in America trying to 
get a loan for her country. There are 
complications, of course, aiid their 
development makes for more con- 
fusion than entertainment. 

Dennis O'Keefe is co-starred with 
Miss Moore, and he makes a hand- 
some juve, as an author who creates 
the show being produced by Carroll. 
Eve Arden is in for the caustic com- 
edy, a type she's, long done in pix 
and on stage, a credible job, while 
Otto Kruger's lines as Carroll don't 
do much justice to the real-life pro- 
ducer. Alan Mowbray is in for ques- 
tionable laughs, Stephanie Bachelor 
is the "other woman," while other 
comedy typical of them is contrib- 
uted by Pinky Lee and Parkyakar- 
kus. Woody Herman's orch is in for 
a couple of brief musical sequences. 

Production looks expensive by nor- 
mal Republic standards. - Knhn. 

The Legend of a Bandit 

("La Leyenda de Bandldo") 
(MEXICAN-MADE) 

Olnsn rcleaso starring Haul du Andn an* 
Rusuna Gulinr: fen lures Miguel Angel *er- 
rlK. Tlln Junco, Miguel Arenas. AkumiIP 
lalin/ji, KI Chlcote. Directed by Fernando 
Mendez. Music by Trio Calhveras. At Kd- 
mont. N. y„ week March - J, '-la. nunninf 
lime, SI MINS. 

Benito Cnnales.... Raul de Anda 

Isabel Susana Oulsar 

Priest Miguel Angel- Ferrbi 

Capt. Rogenlo.... Tito Jones 

babel's Fattier. ............ .Miguel Arenss 

The Tall One" Aguslln jauns» 



Hal Mclntyra Orchestra 



In cplor and very Impressive 
against richly-hucd costuming, out- 
door vistas, etc., "Sudan" is a ro- 

enlent . «..u 5 » uhuu, wauer, as tormei 

... . _ . . . ., exhibitors may have difficulty in de- , length (78 mins.) which bids fair to burlesque comic turned school ln- 
"Master Minds," a tale of two raw cltllng upon. The Wilde name may do well at the b.o. Became of the structor, Is funny when given a 
detectives, written by Robert Kent., mean something, but the cast names nice tinting job, and despite the .break, which is seldom.' William 



That "Eadie Was a Lady" is a fairly 
entertaining, well produced support- 
ing feature is largely , due to Ann 
Miller and Joe Besser. Nicely-paced 
direction of Arthur Dreifus also helps 
pull it from the mire of implausibil 
ities. Despite the rather weird pic. 
ture It paints of burlesque, Aim is 
okay for lower rung of twin bills. . 

Main theme hamstrings the picture 
right off the bat. Scripter Monte 
Brice would have one believe that 
a co-ed (Miss Miller) from a straight- 
laced gals' school is living a double 
life by working nights as femme star 
at a local burley house. 

Miss Miller does a slick job sing- 
ing "Next Victory Day," "Eadie Was 
a Lady" and Tm Going to See My 
Baby." "Eadie," by Buddy De Sylva 
and Nacio Herb Brown, is given 
plenty of production, and is the best 
tune in the film. It's not new, as are 
several others in film, but solid. Miss 
Miller cleans up with her deft ta ca- 
tering as usual. Besser, as former 



"The Short One"... 



.BT Chlcofl 



(In Spanith; No Ennliih TitUi) 

Clasa pulled one out of its bottom 
drawer for this presentation. It I 
doubtful if the most unsophisticated 
Latin audience would give It much 
patronage. . 

Strictly out of the cops-and-robr 
bers era comes the story of the honest 
peasant turned bandit because the 
captain of the local constabulary 
wants to wed the pretty gal and 
accuses the clod unjustly of murder. 
Hero takes to the hills and fights sev- 
eral companies of the state's military 
arm, while he has exactly three com- 
panions to his name. The three 
bravos die gamely, after having aided 
their chieftain In knocking off dozens 
of the pursuers. Stymied, the evil 
one presses the local padre into ser- 
vice, betrays both priest and peas- 
ant, kills latter, gets his own bullet 
straight into the heart. At the altar : 
waiting for her fair one is left Isabel, 
having rather a hard time keeping 
the mascara out of her eyes. 

Miguel Ferriz as the priest, who u 
also the narrator of the piece, turns 
in a workmanlike job, and Raul de 
Anda is not bad. Susana Guizar is 
good to look at, but if she' can act, 
she .doesn't show it here. 




comer at ivmv showi 

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Wednesday, March 7, 1948 



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Wednesday, March T, 1948 



PICTURES 



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Chases 'Em Home to Drink Even More? 

A group of influential mothers, more or less a part of the academio 
■id* of show business, la having a tea with Mrs. Roosevelt this week, 
and will present a new side to the ourfew. To quote one of the 

"My^ilttle girl (she** 17) came home after 8 a.m. on a recent 
Sunday morning, because they went to one of the other girl's 
homes where they could turn on the Capehart and dance. Normally 
they go to the Stork or the Blue Angel, which they favor, whether to 
dance or sit around to 1 or 1:30. Now this party lasted to 3 and, even 
though the beverages at this other girl's home were doubtlessly su- 
perior to anything you can buy in even the best of night clubs, still 
there it was, free and accessible, and you can't convince me that the 
kids didn't drink more there than if they had to buy it. 

"In other words, if this curfew sends children of that age. into one 
another's homes because they have no place to dance in public, you can 
Imagine what it must do to adults who take their drinking habits 
really seriously." ■ - . ". ' 



Leave Us Face It Kids, There's No 
Doubt the Speakeasies Are Back 



Like die Good Ole Days 

As result of the curfew, with 
taxis now more plentiful, two 
hackies were battling over who 
gets the fare at around 1' aim. 
the other morning. 

This hasn't happened so long 
—with the cabs breezing by you 
. at will — that even the cop who 
witnessed the episode was too 
open-mouthed to interfere. 



Bistros Knocking Selves Out Trying 
To Clip B.O. Blues; Biz Off Nationally 



Judging fro.n the number of cards ♦- 
left with bartenders and waiters, 
speakeasies are already a part of 
the New York scene. They're be- 
lieved to be operating in apartment 
houses, behind drawn blinds of tap- 
rooms and in brownstone fronts, 
with hard drinks being peddled at 
(1 a throw. ■'■'-. 

Cafe men aren't surprised at the 
way the illegal joints are springing 
up. With niteries closed, and most 
of the regular post-showtime haunts 
having to shutter at midnight, stay- 
ups. they say. are virtually forced 
into the speaks. . 

Survey of the restaurant situation 
after cafes and theatres let out at 
' midnight, reveals that the ropes are 
up at virtually every cafeteria and 
restaurant. In the Broadway sector, 
because Toots Shor's, Lindy's, Roth's 
and the Brass Rail, now shutter at 
midnight, the Stem crowd migrates 
to Reuben's, which soon is filled 
to capacity. In a few minutes the 
around-the-eornor Lohgchamps also 
has the ropes up and standees even 
abound in the hamburger houses.. 

By that time, they'll even take a ' 
cafeteria— if they can get in. 

Consequently, it's believed; they're 
easy prey for anyone who knows of 
• place. 

The New York police made its 
first raid Sunday M) when 15 were 
seized in a browrtstbne house on. the 
East Side. Patrons as well as the. 
operators were, haled into court, 
and the customers let out aftc^ be- 
ing fined $5. Whether the drinkers 
will be arrested in future raids 
will be at the discretion of the raid- 
ing officer. 

Earlier in the week, the N. Y. 
Daily News described visits to sev- 
eral speaks. 

It's a tribute to the Broadway 
crowd that none of those seized in 
the Sunday night raid were part 
of the regular Stem mob. It's still 
not known whether the regulars will 
go for joints. But it's still too early 
to tell. 



How Soph Dopes It Out 

Seattle, Feb. 27. 
Editor, "Variety": ' 

I think you would like to 
know that this new midnite 
curfew business, its effect, etc., 
. didn't mean a thing here. Pack- 
jammed nightly, shows put on 
earlier at 8:30 and 10:45. Pub- 
licity bannered away f'coroe 
' early" and our good American 
public will soon adjust and 
adapt themselves to going out 
earlier for their amusement and 
entertainment, and in . a few- 
weeks everything will be hitting 
in high again. 

In N. Y., where cafes depend 
on after-theatre crowds, it will 
soon find our public will go to a 
show one night, and next night 
they'll go to a cafe. If they 
can't do it both in one night, 
they'll do it by splitting it up 
one nite each. And if clubs give 
them a big show they'll go to 
club in preference, to a stale 
show. 

Sophie Tucker. 



Ham V Eggs Y Vaode 

Three vaude houses along Broad- 
way Instituted "breakfast" shows 
Saturday (3) in order to put on five 
showings. Earliest opener was the 
Roxy, which put on its first stage 
display at 9:04 after showing a short i 
newsreel. 

Paramount, after an early opening 
with the film "Bring on the Girls." 
started its first flesh session at 10:37, 
while the Strand teed off its . talent 
at 10:43. 

All 'houses operating under .the 
early schedule, had comparatively 
small houses to start with, but built 
during the showings. 

The Loew houses, State and Capi- 
tol, were the only spots on the street 
to maintain the four-show schedule. 



"There's no kidding, it doesn't 
take an Einstein to figure out that 
if you chop off three or four hours, 
no joint can add up to the same 
gross," says on e to p nitery pro- 



No All-Nite Drugs 

All-night Broadway drugstore 
had been averaging $200 in sales 
between midnight and dawn.. 
When the curfew started, busi- 
ness after 12 o'clock dived and 
takings didn't pay for the lights. 

Saturday (3) at 8 a.m. the cash 
register showed sales of only $4 
and . the place will probably 
close at 12 henceforth. 



Curfew Hurts 

Continued from pace 1 ; 



week and complete closing on the 
seventh. 

man Ed Kelly (D., 111.), who is their 
mouthpiece in. the capital and who's 
skedded to use report as basis for 
an alternative plan of six days • 



TIJUANA RUNNING WILD 
FOR CURFEW REFUGEES 

Tijuana, Mexico, March 6: 
Business is whooping .in the night 
spots of this little border town as 

. result of midnight closing in the 
U.S.A. Under recent relaxation by 
the Mexican government, bars and 
danceries are permitted to throw 
their front door Tieys away and run 
around the clock. Town is only 17 
miles from San Diego and even less 
distant from numerous American 
war plants. To help the trade, tour- 
ists from across the border are per- 

: mitted to buy three gallons of ra- 
tion-free gas per day. 

After-midnight drinking is for 
civilians only. Military personnel 
from the U.S.A. must get back across 
the border by 11 p.m. 

Influx of tourists to Mexico City, 
' heightened by shift of bangtail fol- 

. lowers from Miami Beach to the 
Mex capital, has alarmed Mexican 
government, officials to the extent 
that they arc discouraging further 
local tourist travel as an impediment 
to its own war effort, listing strain 
upon housirrg, :. transportation >and 
danger of inflation 

, Night spots are getting the biggest 

, play in years. Giro's swank nitery 
In'.the Hotel Reforma,' is best patron- 
lied by the gambling elements.. It's 
like old times to A. C. Blumenthal, 



'DAYERIES' COMPLICATE 
FOOD SNAG FOR CAFES 

New York nitery ops, generally, 
aren't warming up to weekend mati- 
nee sessions, fearing further .losses. 
It's pointed out that it's mainly a 
food business, and as #uch, wouldn't 
be too profitable and would serve 
the purpose only of complicating 
their already stiff ration points 
problem. 

Despite this general feeling, the 
Carnival Room of the Hotel Capitol 
got a big play .clocking. 400 patrons 
on its first matinee attempt and 
the first to be tried, since advent of 
the curfew by any nitery in the 
area. Room opened at noon, Satur 
day (3), put on its regular floorshow 
at 1 p.m., and remained open until 
the regular opening with matinee 
dancing. 

Frank Law, in charge of promot- 
ing the room, declared it was suf- 
ficiently successful to warrant con- 
tinuation. In fact, he's mulling a 
Sunday afternoon celebrity session. 

Barney Josephsqn's Cafe Society 
Downtown will try a variation of 
the idea with presentation of a Sun- 
day afternoon jam session. Sessions 
preem March 11 with Phil Moore's 
orch and Mary Lou Williams. 

Blue Angel also announced mat 
inec shows Fridays, Saturdays and 
Sundays with first show to go on at 
5 p.m. in addition to. the regular 
8:30 and 10:30 •p.m; . displays. . 

Operators are more amendable to 
the cocktail matinee. . La Martinique 
started oh Saturday with fairly good 
attendance; while . Havana-Madrid 
and La Conga, who have been run 
ning such dansants for some time, 
are reporting doing well with it. 
. It's pointed out that the matinee 
dances are more profitable because 
most sales arc from the bar and 
not the kitchen. 



In Chi Too 

Chicago, March 6 
Changeover of nitery operators to 
more . "healthy" daytime '■ hours, 
forced by curfew, is typified here by 
Chuck and Burl Jacobson. Rio Ca- 



bana co-owners; who are now open- 
operator of "the spot and expatriated ij ing the spot at 11. a. m. to serve 
New York realtor, show-backer and luncheon j: ~ " ' * " 



jack-ofrother-trades. .Also heavily 
patronized are the El Patio, Sans 
Souci and the Casanova. 



dinner and supper, . with 



show headed by Benny Fields sked- 
ded for 8 and 10 p. m. nightly, plus 
3 p. m. matinees on Saturdays. ' 



advance sales. at the boxofflces sim- 
ilarly have shaded off. It was thought 
that the drop in grosses last week 
may have been the reaction after 
Washington's birthday but it was 
clear by Saturday . (3) that the cur- 
tew was the actual factor. 

Nightly scenes, on Broadway are 
incredible. While legit shows exit 
between 11 and 11:30, the outpour- 
ing from picture houses, cafes and 
night clubs at midnight jams the 
main stem to such, ah' extent that 
traffic is being diverted from Times 
Square. Resultant transportation 
confusion may be . imagined. Sub 
ways and busses are overloaded, but 
by one a.m. Broadway is a virtually 
deserted lane. 

It's now axiomatic that when they 
go out they go. Out-of-towners no 
longer are content to. commute to 
the theatre and catch the special 
back to . Westchester, Connecticut or 
Jersey. They wanna g% out there 
after to a club or a hotel and either 
catch a 2 a.m. train or stay overnight 
In the ticket agencies there is vir- 
tually no business after 6:30. tele- 
phones not even ringing. People 
know that the brownout has made 
the amusement district as gloomy as 
any other spot and they are aware 
that , there is little time after per 
formances to go to restaurants and 
clubs. So the trend is to stay home 
or in the hotels. 

Devious Device 
Behind the curfew, is fuel conser- 
vation and behind that is absentee- 
ism and behind . that is overseas 
morale of the fighting forces. Seems 
that those who planned the measure, 
weakly labeled a "request" order, 
did not consider the effect on men in 
uniform, on leave in the big city. 
Asked what they thought of the 
curfew a couple of GI's laconically 
replied, "Stinks." 

There are any number of men 
back from combat who come to 
Broadway for surcease, only to find 
it dismal. ' They want to know how- 
come that they cannot have amuse- 
ment. Boys on short leave from 
nearby camps and naval stations 
seeking a change of pace from mili- 
tary routine, just can't figure it out. 
Even such passes calling for return 
to' quarters, at 6 a. m. now read 2i 
a. m. 

Mayor LaGuardia had the right 
idea when he sought to make New 
York an exception but was patcntly 
told by Washington to pipe down. 
The number of visitors to New York 
is due to sharply decline for most 
incomers want amusement. If the 
town folds up at midnight, indica- 
tions are that most out-of-towners 
Will stay away. If that proves to 
be correct, theatres will be sure to 
be. affected and it's quite possible 
that only a few shows would sur- 
vive: 

The curfew- started with: New 
York taking it in stride, the club.- 
turning out the lights after the bann 
played the national anthem, but by 
the end of the week a wave of pes- 
simism, was noticeable. Floor show., 
in cafes goir.g on early, it w-s fir:, 
thought, would solve ti-:s : . o 
but reports at the end o.' the \:~ :. 
were that many niteries may bi 
forced'- to close. 



prietor in New York. "And don't 
get me wrong, I still can't say that 
I'd like to go steady With Jimmy. 
Byrnes, but if that's the patriotic 
thing to do, so be it. 

"So all right, many a spot won't 
be in the 90% brackets.. It'll have 
to settle for the 50% tax brackets. 
Maybe when Uncle Sam realizes 
how much it may cost in tax rev- 
enue, they'll give a thought to what 
it's also costing in public morale. 

"No question but that it's inviting 
the return of the speakeasy. Ask 
some of our bartenders; they'll steer 
you, and they'll get a cut." 

That's the cafe situation in a nut- 
shell. 

The big problem now is for the 
ingenuity of the bistros to assert 
itself. First, how to hypo the early- 
hour dinner business. One thought 
is to start plugging a bottle of wine 
with dinner. Certainly with' food 
costs what they are — it figures 41% 
average— that doesn't make for as 
much profit as the late-hour liquor 
selling. 

The get-'em-in-early idea is the 
next campaign.' That's easier said 
than done. Somehow .they all gang 
up for that 10 p.m. "supper show'" 
and the turnover isn't, as good. 

No question that the theatre crowd 
made a sharp turnover crowd after 
11 p.m. Well, that's no more. 

But many a- joint is doing over- 
capacity at both shows, bu'. that 
doesn't mean as much profit, because 
of the emphasis on food and the 'fact 
that late-hour drinking creates a 
higher profit margin. 



Philly Hit Up to 50% 

Philadelphia, March 6. 

Initial week of the Byrnes curfew 
on the entertainment industry found 
Philly's nitery and amusement belt 
at midnight looking like Philly la 
reputed to look like at midnight— 
dead as the inside of a . mausoleum. 

Business in the large cabarets— . 
those which feature large shows— >, 
was reported off as much'as 50%. 
The smaller spots, which bank 'more 
on the cuisine than on its chorines, 
said their business wasn't hurt aa 
much as it was when the 30% Fed- - 
eral tax. first went into effect. In- 
tact, some of the latter spots re- 
ported that with cutting down of 
expenses (light, heat, etc.) and slic-. 
ing an act or two, made their busi- 
ness equal or even a little more 
profitable than before the midnight 
curfew. 

Film business, except for. the all- 
nighters and midnight shows, showed' 
a slight increase, especially on week- 
ends. 

Saturday night business in the 



A Chaser 

Part; of sports came over 
from Philadelphia Friday (2) to 
see, the fights at Madison .Square 
Garden. Ordinarily when visit- 
ing New York they attended on* 
or two nightclubs-;. Instead they 
entrained for Philly immediate- 
ly after the bouts. 

Actor who came to town front 
Connecticut got a peek at 
Broadway around 1:35 a.m. Sat- 
urday (3) and said there were 
just as' many people on Main 
street. Nqrwalk, and as many 
places open. 



Chi Against the Ropes . . 

Chicago. March i. 
Niteries.' especially late spots like 
Latin Quarter and Chez Paree, took 
the most terrific beating of any other 
amusements here first week of cur- 
few, as was expected, although many 
operators . opine it's merely a phase 
that'll pass soon as public readjusts 
■tself to earlier hours. Samples of 
drops in grosses are Latin Quarter, 
down to $3,500 from last week's $l>,- 
00C: Empire Room, down to $9,000 
from $10,500: and Panther Room, 
down to $4,900 from SG.000. 

Most legit houses also felt the 
axe. albeit it's generally conceded 
they too will rise and shine again 
when payees get in the groove of 
dark streets and padlocked after 
theatre spots. Ops reported a 'drop 
in window sales, resulting' in dips 
ranging all the way from S500 for 
"Searching Wind" to $2,000 for "Over 
21." Money order sales, on the other 
hsnd, continued steady! 

Loop picture houses, despite drops 
alsewherc. were hepped up, with 
most of them recording heavier takes 
than the hefty ones forecast. Chicago 
did $2,000 more than the expected 
.$63,000 with "Meet Me in St. Louis;" 
Downtown, in its last stand before 
shuttering, did record-breaking $31; 
000: and Gal-rick's" "Sign "of"- ihe 
Cross." reissue, hit $4,000 more tnau 
the 10 grand for which it was fig- 
ured. 

Bee's «i.sa'n»l B.wrcs order, mean- 
while, are plenty, with late hour 
nitery operator-* most vehement be- 
cause they claim theirs is as legiti- 
mate a business rs theatres, and that 
if'WMC were .fair , it would clamp 
dowiv on latter too. Underneath all 
the shilly-shallying that continues 
day to day in local papers is the un 
rioi-lying theme expressed time and 
again among operators themselves: 
that Government should close all 
amusement places/including niteries 
Iheul'cw bnwlin.' 1 . alleys.- etc... two 
f'ays a week, preferably Monday and 
Tucfday. lcttm?, them run as for- 
merly the other' five. ' 

Cafe Owner: Association reps re 
nvrcr 1 from mi; ing with War Mob-' 
'-er * itc"-' ass : stant. Bruce Smith, 
'V \Vn 1-inglon. i\ s ?rc they were told 
i comp'ie' d'alri on 'first wick's ef 
7-cts nnd forward them td Con? 'ess 



boites, of course, hasn't been touched, 
inasmuch as Philly has always had ■ 
a midnight closing on that day. due 
to Sabbath blue laws. 

Chief, complaint of the cafe op- 
erators is that they must close thie 
bar at 11:15 or at the latest 11:30 in 
order to have their, spots cleared ol 
customers by midnight.' This cause* 
a loss of almost three hours of busi- 
ness instead of two. 

Thus far there has been no ap- 
parent slicing of payrolls at the 
clubs, the operators giving the cur- 
few a couple of more weeks before 
deciding how much it will really 
affect business. Musicians are going 
to work a couple of hours earlier, 
and shows arc starting at 7:30, in- 
stead of the pre-Byrnes teeoff -of 
9 p.m. 

A couple of spots have instituted' 
a Saturday matinee policy, and soma 
are announcing they will bo open for 
Sunday dinners. (Liquor sale and 
floor shows are vorboteh on the 
Sabbath). 

Compliance, according to police 
and WMC, is almost perfect with 
I only one violator reported. Police 
j raided the Spotlight Guild, actors 
and musicians after-hours rendez- 
vous early Sunday morning. Vincent 
Grillo, manager, said place was • 
restaurant and sold no liquor. Cop- 
pers said^they found at least a half 
dozen bottles of schnapps under the 
tables. Spot was reported to WMQ 
for "sanctions. 



Fuel In Miami? 

Miami, March 0. 
The curfew can't do much to hurt 
an already lagging season for the 
nite spots, in Miami and Miami 
Beach.. Already adjusted to a mid- ' 
nite liquor curfew the new ruling 
will affect only a few of the club* 
.who put the last show on at midnite. 
These clubs are scheduling earlier, 
shows and to date have drawn pretty 
well. . .better than most ops ex- 
pected. The fuel edict created some 
resentment inasmuch as ho fuel la 
needed or used locally and operators 
feel that they should receive gome 
concession. — - — - 

It's OK in Reno 

Reno, March 0. 
Reno Bonifaces are voicing no cur- 
few. kicks in spite of fact that, most 
joints hitherto were all-night spots. 
Only gripe is shortage .of locks for 
doors. 

Top gaming spot owners. Harold'* 
club. Bank - club and Palace club, 
cut out swing shift. Net profit go- 
ing OK. 



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Victoria Palace, London 

London, Feb. 12. 
Flanagan fc Allen, Adelaide Hall, 
Teddy Brown, -Freddie tc Parmer, 
Victor Barna St Alec Brook, Med- 
lork & Marlotue, Artemns, George 
fc-jacl.- D'Ormonde, Joe King.. Dud- 
ley's Midgets, Florence Wliileley's 
piiuiilom Guard. 

Victoria Palace, once lamed as 
tryout spot for American acts, is 
open again as a vaude house, with 
operation sponsored by Jack Hyl- 
ton This makes the only house ad- 
jacent to West End playing variety. 
Considering the paucity of talent. 
Hylton has managed to line up a 
diversified bill, with the usual front- 
line ot good lookers and steppers. 

Openers are George and Jack 
D'Ormonde, unicyclists. with fund of 
comedy. Act is standard and has 
plaved America. Worthy of better 
than -opening slot. Newcomer to 
London is J6e King, Yorkshire comic, 
will) refreshing material.- Willi bet- 
ter linish, act could fit oh most pro- 
grams. 

■ .Freddie ■■(Schweitzer) and Partner 
is a comedy musical act. Freddie, 
originally discovered by Hylton 
wh»n traveling the Continent in his 
days as band leader, ■was', featured -in' 
his. aggregation for years. . Whilc-he 
is.no Crock, he Is certainly funny, 
and plays several Instruments well. 

Adelaide Hall,, who is now an es- 
tablished radio name in England, ran 
through several pops, ■with . many re- 
quests. Finishes with a slight dance. 
Teddy- Brown Is rated tops on the 
xylophone over here. Art-established 
favorite, he had them eating out of 
his palm. " 

To add variety, Hylton introduced 
Victor Barna, world- champ table 
tennis player, and Alec Brook. Brit- 
ain's international champ. A thrilling 
novelty. 

Phantom Guard, precision-drilled 
gals, opened -second half of bill to 
nice returns. Artemus has plenty of 
comedy in his juggling act. . 

Mcdlock and Marlowe, burlesque 
dancers; are refreshing, but act could 
stand some tightening to make it 
socko. Has plenty of chuckles. 

Flanagan and Allen, England's 
leading' comics, top the bill. Have to 
rely on some of their oldies, but 
they're still good for belly laughs'. 
Stayed for nearly 30 minutes. Clos- 
ers are Dudley's Midgets. M.c. is 
very tall, showing up his diminutive 
crew to advantage. Offer plenty of 
nifty acrobatics. 

Show is in for four to six weeks, 
with Flanagan and Allen due to quit 
because of picture commitments; 
while Teddy Brown, (he other head- 
liner, hao previous vaude pact to All. 

Rege. 

Strand, IV. V. 

Carmen Cavallaro Orch (16) toilh 
Gloria 'Foster, Sandra Barrett, Nip 
Nelson, Peter Lorre {with Marcella 
-Hendricks); . "Hotel Berlin" (WB), 
reciewed in this issue of "Variety." 

A smooth suave show at the 
Broadway Strand this booking, both 
on stage and screen. ''Hotel Berlin" is 
.socko b.o., and the in-person portion 
is equally potent. Incidentally Peter 
Loire (New Acts) is featured in the 
film as well. The two support- 
ing acts, the tapsterlng Sandra Bar- 
rett and the mimic Nip Nelson, are 
also under New Acts. 

Carmen Cavallaro is a Broadway 
picture presentation house staple by 
now. He dishes' up smooth dansapa- 
tion.. deviating little from the piano- 
logistic emphasis as he alternates 
between the baton and his own key- 
board ' interludes. He has a good 
supporting team in four reeds, four 
brass, three violins and the guitar- 
dium.s-bass-piano rhythm section. 
Gloria Foster, a tallish looker, 
handles her vocals well, notably 
"Rum and Coke" which, incidentally, 
conjures up thoughts of what the 
yesteryear vaudeville bluepencilers 
might have done with those racy 
lyrics. Some of the extra choruses 
are not too subtle but perhaps the 
tropical aura of the tune gets things 
by. Miss Foster first does "Heart 
Sings" and taps with '"Rum." 

Cavallaro features the "Warsa\v 
Concerto," which he "Brst introduced 
a couple of years back, follows with 
a pop medley of the day and a re- 
quest medley which comprises 
"Boogie Woogle," "Tico Tico," "Star 
Dust" and "Tea for Two." In be- 
tween also he makes a production- of 
"Voodoo Moon." Abel. 

Apollo, N. Y. 

Cecil Scott Orch (17) with War- 
ren Evans; Satchel Robinson, Mania 
Louis, Three Kings, Broiun Dots 
1 4) ; "The Last Ride" (Indie) . 

Apollo this week is depending On 
the b.o. draw of Marva Louis, wife of 
Joe Louis; playing her first dale here, 
and the initial theatre engagement 
ot the Brown Dots (New Acts), new 
nuai'tct formed by Deke Watson, Joiv 
nierly with the Ink Spots. All in all. 
the layout, compared to the Apollo's 
usual presentations, is fair. 

Cecil Scott's "orchestra, compara- 
tively unknown, accomps- the show. 
Made up of three trombones, four 
trumpets. Ave sax. three rhythm, 
with the leader added on tenor, and 
clarinet, it's a fair combo that does, 
however, succeed in stirring ir.i its 
audience lnte in the show with a 
drawn-out "beat" tune in which the 
.ong-winded Scott solos. in.-ieflviMy.- 



HOUSE REVIEWS 



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Its backing of the acts, however, Is 
not good. 

Warren Evans, Scott's vocalist. Is 
first on. Pop singer of the Sinatra 
school, he docs a neat job on "I Didn't 
Know About You" and "I'll Walk 
Alone." He's preceded by Satchel 
Robinson, tapster, with two routines 
that are well done and well liked in 
this house.. For white houses he 
hasn't too much. 

Marva Louis showed possibilities 
last year when caught at a Green- 
wich, Village, N. Y„ spot. As the star 
b.o. draw of this layout, she scums 
to be doing, alright because the house 
was jammed when caught Friday (2) 
night. Her singing still gives the im- 
pression that if she can find the mar 
ferial she'd become a worthwhile act. 
Here she uses "Just One of Those 
Things," "Together" and "Miss You,'' 
none of them done too well. Scott's 
accompaniment doesn't help her 
either. 

In between Mrs. Louis and the Dots 
are the Three Kings, a white aero 
act- that has been around for s6me 
time. They present, spree tricks that 
are far above the usual run of such 
turns, capped by a chilling- balanc- 
ing by the male of 140 pounds on his 
lower jaw. ' Wood. 



Slate, X. : 

Vincent Lope; Orch (16). with 
Gerry Larsen, Bruce Hayes, <'Pink,w" 
Saiutl; Betty Ann Nymnn, Sheila 
Barrett, Johnny Burke; "Meet Me ire 
St. Louis" (M-G).- 



Loew's Stale is projecting a 
double-barreled nifty entertainment 
package for current, week, with 
"Meet Me in St. Louis? a moveover 
from the -Astor, N. Y., plus' a hangup 
stage show that more than satisfies.' 

Topping stageshow is Vincent 
Lopez ■ and his orchestra, doubling 
from the Tafl hotel, N. .Y. He is 
making with the brand of music that 
is ear-soothing relief from the more 
blatant outfits. Band clicks on its 
own and does a good job . back- 
grounding the acts also. Lopez 
doubles as baton wielder and emcee, 
and that's okay. too. 

Band opens with its theme music. 
Lopez then brings on Betty Ann Ny- 
man. youthful blonde who's been 
around before in" the musical. "Best 
Foot ■ Forward" and the non-musical. 
"Kiss and Tell." She contrite a 
brace of tap routines that go over 
nicely. Gerry Larsen, band's femme 
vocalist, follows with vocal of "Rum 
and Coca Cola." solidly delivered. 
"Pinky" Savitt then takes the spot- 
light for a torrid trumpet solo of 
"Summertime " which rocks, 'em. 

Sheila Barrett clicks in the next 
niche with .her satirical impressions 
of Bert Lahr, Tallulah Bankhead. W. 
C. Fields, et al. She whams 'em 
again with her. stewed dame bit 
which has been standard with the 
comedienne for some time. Off to 
plenty of palm-whacking. 

Bruce Hayes, male vocalist with 
band, gives out with "A Little on the 
Lonely Side" seguing into "My Heart 
Sings" and encores with "I Dreani 
of You", for top ■ returns. Band ' fol- 
lows with an all-out effort on "Robin 
Hood." Then Lopez -takes over for 
a piano session and encores with his 
standard "Kitten On The Keys," 
socko as ever. 

Johnny Burke adds- considerably to 
the comedy potency of bill as closer 
with his familiar unhappy warrior 
routine. His gripes on army induc- 
tion, and what goes on in induction 
centers are as good as ever, especially 
going big with the. furloughiuB GI's 

Edba. 



Paramount, IV. V. 

Coolie Willia?ns Orclt (lCi xcilh 
Bob Merrill; Ralp Brdiun, Ella Fitz- 
gerald, Buck & Bubbles, ink Spot"! 
(4), "Bring On the Girls" (Par), re- 
rieu-ed iii "Variety." Feb. 21. '45. 

On paper this hew all -colored show, 
at the Paramount looks good. It : 
plays even better. Coupled to the ! 
Eddie Bracken-Sonny Tufts screen 
item, "Bring Ori the Girls," the cus- 
tomers get high satisfaction from the 
50-odid minute stage layout. It's one 
of the fastest sets the Par has pre- 
sented recently. 

Cootie Williams' band is the sur- 
prising component in the overall im- 
pact of ' Ella Fitzgerald, Ink Spots, 
etc. His outfit is not too familiar and 
the entertainment value in which its 
wild music is'wrnpped, is unexpected. 
Working somewhat like' the Lionel 
Hampton band (in fact, one number. 
"House of Joy," is a close copy of 
one of Hamptin's better flvugs) the 
combo of five sax, four trumpets, 
three trombones.. three rhythm, does 
a strong job from beginning to end; 
Williams is an animated personality 
who does a convincing job of stirring 
enthusiasm in his band and conse- 
quently in, the audience. Musically, 
the band is okay; it's main point, how- 
ever, is the way it entertains; Leader 
's. one of the best trumpeters in the 
business and proves it at various 
times. 

Bob Merrill, from the band's brass 
grouping, docs one song, a comical 
version of "Things Ain't What They 
Used to; Be." 'He's/good. 

Ralph Brown: tapster, starts off the 
parade of acts. He does two fast 
routines that are too similar in con- 
struction. Nevertheless, he gets over 
nicely, • 

Next on is Ella Fitzgerald. One of 
the best femme singers of songs : cur- 
rently -available, she does very well 
here. However, when, caught, her 
best didn't, seem to be forthcoming 
chiefly, due to too-fast pace set up by 
Williams' men. Her "Robin Hood.": 
Beginning ;to See the Light," and 
Atisket" all seemed carried at an 
uncomfortable. speed for her. There's 
no argument, however ."but that this 
audience enjoyed her immensely. 

Buak and Bubbles haven't changed 
their routine one iota. Last time on 
Broadway they were at the Capitol. 
They fit into this show smoothly, put- 
tine over their comedy, songs and 
terping in line fashion. They also, 
draw, bis- returns. 

Ink Spots, with only Billy Kenny 
as the lone, survivor of the original 
group (incidentally, he gets personal 
billing outside for the first time), 
work well, too, although they do miss 
the spark of Deke Watson's by-play. 
Kenny carries the turn almost alone. 
Start out with "How Many Hearts" 
<a bit. aged), "I'm Making Believe." 
then "If I Didn't Care." finishing, 
with Ella Fitzgerald added, oh "Into 
Each Life Some Rain Must Fall." a 
crack item she recorded with them 
for Decca. Watson, Incidentally, is 
breaking in a new act called the 
Brown Dots, this week at the Apollo 
theatre (see New Acts). Wood. 



Keith's, Indpls. 

Indianapolis. March 3. 
Red Foley. Karl It Harty, Dick 
Scott. Little Jackie, Shelby Jean, 
Roy Newman Sc Lucky. Neff Hun 
ter; "She's a Sweetheart" (Col). 

Red Foley and his Radio Roundup 
from WJJD, Chicago, are giving 
Keith's lively jamboree in the cur- 
rent session. The troupe includes 
some versatile hillbilly and cowboy 
talent, with emphasis on Old-time 
singers and fiddlers. A smart dog 
act, featuring Roy Newman's trained 
pup "Lucky, and a fast tap routine 
by Neff Hunter round out a good 
bill. 

Foley sells "Don't Fence Me In. 
"Smoke on the Water'^ and an orig 
inal, "Old Shep," in fine style, be 
sides teaming with his wife. Judy 
Martin, in a couple of novelty num- 
bers. "The Man I Marry" and "My 
Old Man's Gettin' Bald Instead of 
Gray." Other singers include Dick 
Scott, who emcees the show and 
warbles "Just Because"; Karl and 
Harty, who favor with "Kentucky" 
and "Saved," an old camp meeting 
spiritual; Shelby Davis, who chimes 
in with "I'm Thinking Tonight of 
My Blue Eyes" and "Honey. I'm in 
Love With You," then yodels and 
sings "Goodbye Little Darling*' and 
"The Side Walk Waltz" with her 
brother. Little. Jackie. Latter also 
gels a nice hand for his amusing 
novelty, "Winkin' at Me." 
, Lucky, the canine, performs with 
a glass balanced on his head, turns 
in circles holding his ta ; l, jitterbugs 
on his hind legs, jumps rope and 
otherwise, keeps the customers alert 
and interested. Neff Hunter, a nice- 
looker,' wins a warm reception for 
her high-speed taps and adds a citi- 
fied touch to the rustic setting. 

Biz fine at/opening;. Corb 



a fast routine, Buddy Mack is on in 
the ncxt-to-closing slot with his har- 
monica. Opening with "My Hero," 
he clicks with his veis : on of n lo.\ 
hunt, piping the sound effects with- 
out a miss. The Thornton Kids, jiivc 
hillbillies, close the bill with a brace 
of the usual- mountain times to fair 
returns. 

Biz good when' caught. Earl. 



Victor Borge, Joan Edwards, Al 
Cordon. & Dogs, Gae Foster Roxy- 
ettex; "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn'' 
l2Qth-Fox), reviewed in "Variety." 
Jan. 24. '45. 



Capitol, Wash. 

Washington, March 2. 
Gloria Jean, Le Roy Bros., Simone 
Dancers. Sam Jack Kaufman's House 
Orch, Milt Slosser; "Naughty Mari- 
elta (M-G) . 

Sam Jack Kaufman is celebrating 
fifth anniversary here with ah orig- 
inal concerto, for which a $50 war 
bond is offered for a title. Maestro 
conducts and plays piano passages, 
displaying his musicianship to loud 
applause. Le Roy Bros, give out with 
marionettes, doing a skeleton dance. 
Hawaiian numbers, and for encore 
Gene Krtipa practising on the drum 
heads. 

Then follows Gloria Jean, nift- 
lly attired in a white dress. She 
gives out with "Siboney." "Irish 
Lullaby;" and for encore. "Night and 
Day." A .solid hit. The Simone 
dancers contrib classical, dancing 
which goes ov^r nicely. Milt Slosscr. 
at the console, revives musicomedy 
times of yesteryear, with audience 
joining in the singing. ArUe. 

Tower, WL. C. 

Kansas City, March 2. 
Barton & Bradv, David & Dorothy 
Paige. Buddy Mack, Thornton Kids 
(3), Towmn Alexander, Tower Orch 
(9) u-ilh Norma Werner; "Alaska" 
(Mono; and "Big Bonanza" (Rep). 

After a week of novelty by an all- 
midget company, the Tower returns' 
to its customary vaude. this week 
with a bill which rales high in enter- 
tainment value'. 

. Orch opens with the wacky pop. 
"Accentuate the Positive." and Nor- 
ma Werner warbles the vocal nicely. 
Buddy Mack, on later in_his own 
harmonica and tap routine, takes 
over as m.c. and handles his chores 
well. 

Barton Sc Brady, acrobatic comics, 
are the standouts of the bill in their 
knockabout . turn which garners 
plenty of laughs. Staggering on as 
two drunks in formal dress., the two 
zanies register solidly with their per- 
fectly-timed antics. 

Oh in the deuce, David & Dorothy 
Paige open with "Don't Fence Me In." 
carry on with "Gay Ranchcro." and 
finish with "A Little on the Lonely 
Side." to a lusty hand. 

Following Tommy.' Alexander, 
youn£( scpia-hoofer who tans through 



Current Roxy stage show Is an 
average, one, with no overall dis- 
'tinc'icii. Individual turns are goad, 
but show has a .somewhat loose 
quality, necessitated of course, by 
the extreme length of the film, "Tree 
Grows iii Brooklyn" (132 niins) . 
Joan Edwards delivers as usual, Al 
Gordon's <1ok act is the old reliable, 
but Victor Borge had still to accli- 
mate his. intime style, of comedy to 
the huge theatre when caught open- 
ing, night but at subsequent shows 
he had found himself. 

Opener is a difficult roller, skate 
routine in which a little raggedness 
can be excused. Against an attrac- 
tive spring park scene for back- 
ground, and smartly costumed in 
bright colors,- male and femme danc- 
ers do some neat turns and forma- 
tion sto a "Rum and Coca-Cola" 
rhythm, finishing Off with the. 
familiar but still clever pinwheel 
stunt. Closing group number is also 
familiar but no less smart, without 
being Socko, consisting of a fan 
dance by the. girls on two huge sets 
of steps. 

Miss Edwards remains topflight in 
three song numbers. The turn is 
highlighted by some- clever spot- 
fighting, which points up attractive- 
ness of gal and gown. Costume is a 
honey, a white and. blue evening 
gow;n with sequins.' -which deep blue 
and purple spotlights accentuate to 
dazzling effect. Numbers are of 
good variety, "Saturday Night," 
"These Foolish- Things!' and "Ac- 
centuate the Positive." 

Borge's routine 5s the "phonetic 
punctuation" 'stunt, reading a love 
story to aecoriipanirhcnt of burrs, 
buzzes and other biz; kidding at the 
piano with a Strauss number, and 
closing with a serious bit. playing 
the Warsaw Concerto to orchestral 
accompaniment. The.comedy routine 
is still amusing but the Dane's style 
may still be a little too smart and 
highbrow for the average vander. 
' Al Gordon's dogs charm the audi- 
ence with (heir tricks and boff finale 
on a racing turntable. :Bron. 

Mayan. Lbs Angeles 

("FUN TIME") 
Lot Angeles, March 1. 

Paul Small vaude revue, starring 
Martha Raye with Dean Murphy, 
Smith Sc Dale, Renee DeMarco, Sara 
Ann McCabe, Buster Shaver with 
Olive, George Sc' Ricliards, Jip Tap 
Toe, 4 Macks. 

Another Paul Small "Time" 
marched into the Mayan, and It will 
probably do all right. Not because 
it's . better, than any of his previous 
five issues nor has It the. multiple- 
name pull, but coin Js still plentiful, 
and live exhibits hafe their peculiar 
attraction for this cinema-glutted 
town. 

Light up Martha Raye on the mar- 
quee of any theatre and she'll draw 
her share of the trade. 

■So. whatever comes in at the 
wicket will be mainly the result of 
her. name draught. • The others are 
unimportant in their own right, and 
won't be too much help in cleaning 
out the ticket racks. Second billing 
goes to Dean Murphy, a mimic of 
iiotc. but on the lightweight side as 
confere'neier of the assorted elements 
of the resuscitated two-a-day. Smith 
Pale and Renee DeMarco get the 
next larsest type size. 

Miss Raye is sock and solid when 
she's on but she's held under wraps 
too 'long; In the first act she's on 
stage for two brief spots and then 
doesn't fcome back until late in. the 
evening. Her knockabout antics and 
facial * contortions are risibility 
rouscrs and constitute most of the 
fun time. The '"Dr. Kronkheil ' turn 
having served them 'well tor half a 
century? -Smith & .Dale give it an- 
other outing.' For those who haven't 
sampled it before it is laugh-loaded 
and must rate as runncrun to Miss 
Raye for the show's honors. Rericc 
DeMarco is a stylish stepper and gels 
over the stage in graceful arcs but 
it's just not the same without a mate 
partner. , 

The. thin piping ol Sara Ann Mc- 
Cabe hasn't the resonance for a big 
auditorium and only on her forced 
trifls must 'be back pewholders real- 
ize she is no soliloquist. Busier 
Shaver, and his midgets have played 
so many places and so many times 
hereabouts that it's jli«'t a sit-through. 
Tip, Tap and Toe. scpian hpofers.per- 
form on a platform as do the Four 
Macks, roller acros, but their turn.- 
arc more flash than forte. 

In this edition. Small has fudged 
bh name acts. There's only Miss 
Raye to carry the bill and the display 
ads make the fact evident.- After 
naming all the acts in the ads. Small 
added the line, "plus stars by the 
dozen." He must have meant in the 
. audience on op"'vw» night. Helm. 



Capitol, IV. V. 

Xarier Cupar. Orch, Lena Hornt, 
Robert Wa ker, The Garcias (2), 
Paul Regan, Louis Del Campo, 
Li?ua Loma; "The Picture, of Dorian 
Gray" iM-G). reviewed in current 
issue of "Variety." 

Stage layout here currently is 
what amounts to a Metro show 
since Xavier Cugat, Lena Heme ai d 
Robert Walker are all under con- 
tract to . that comoany. They, to- ' 
gcther with Paul Began and dance 
team of The Garcias, provide very 
strong boxoffice support for screen's 
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" 
(M^G), as indicated by the beyord- 
capacity business at the Cap for the 
lrst show which went on opening., 
night. Thursday (1). at promptly 
9 p.m. Rostrum complement runs 57 
minutes, while film grinds 107? this 
enabling a break sufficiently in ad- 
vance of the midnight curfew to 
easily empty this large house. 

Cui'at's larcc orchestra of 18 men, 
plus sbecialt'cs and mixed .singing 
quintet, well Oils the pit elevator 
on which stationed, plus adding 
color throueh costumin?. Lima Loma 
and Louis Del Campo. both of whom 
figure in Cugat's opening number, 
in addition to the quintet, are, per- 
manent members of the band. While 
booked here as a separate act, the 
Garcis'M, rhumba dancers, were a. 
part of the Cugat organization when 
the band was at the Trocadcro. 
Hollywood. Garcias do two rather 
brief numbers, a rhumba that's 
partly adagio and a second hot 
specialty in the: Latin groove. They 
are' very flashy dancers. Del Campo, 
who scores stoutly, does a pop 
rhumba early arid later on vocals 
an Afro-Cuban number. Miss Loma V 
ably-sold "Rum and Coca-Cola" fits 
in nicely with the character of the 
Cugat orch. 

Walker (New Acts) s and Miss 
Home are placed at the rear, the 
former going on first. The Metro 
star who reached prominence play- 
ing the lead in "See Here, Private 
Hargrove" and was in "30 Seconds 
Over Tokyo" does not have much of 
an act ' It's talk mostly plugging 
Metro, winding up with - a rhumba, 
for laughs, with the girl member of 
the Garcias act. Miss Home pro- 
vides a sock finish, singing four 
numbers; Oil earlier is Paul Regan, 
who docs impressions of show, 
people and others, one segued into 
another.' Some are good, some are. 
not so hot. Char. 



RKO. Boston 

Boston, March 2. 
Bobbu Sherwood Orch (15)', Fon- 
taines (3); Barry ' Wood, Patty 
Kelly; "Destiny" (RKO). 



Barry Wood-Patsy Kelly act ■ 
plenty solid for the RKO customer* 
and makes a smash ace to follow the 
lively stint of Bobby Sherwood and 
his band. Wood comes on first and 
does all right with "Saturday Night,'' 
"Always." "Don't Fence Me In," etc., 
but it is not until he teams up with 
Miss Kelly for the windup that act 
hits the ceiling. Then it's every 
man for himself and a beg-off for the 
performers. • 

Band turns in a steamy session of-^ 
stomp with Sherwood himself lend- 
ing personality and .drive as the 
m.c. . hot trumpet and hot guitar - 
soloist. Outfit does "Lover Come 
Back," "I Should Care," "Poor Little 
Rich . Girl," "Elks Parade" and other 
tunes, varioiis sidemen contributing 
choruses. Marcia Rice draws a nice , 
hand with "Rum and Coca-Cola,". Don 
Tito goes big with double-bass solo, 
and a small group from the band 
with Sherwood on guitar finishes oil 
with a jam on "Begin the Beguine." 

The exceptionally poised and con- 
trolled adagio-ballroom-trio of The 
Fontaines, whose feats of strength 
and balance are especially smoothly 
connived, go very big. Elie. 

Oriental. CM 

Chicago, March 2. 
Ha! Mclntyre Orch (16), with 
Ruth Caylor, Al Nobel, Johnny 
Turnbull, George . Miller; June 
Preiiser, Joe Termini, Del Mar It 
Rereita; "Destinw" <U). 



Only new stage . bill in the Loop 
this week. Oriental's is. a begoff ses- 
sion all the way. Hal Mclntyre's 
band hogs the major, part, of the. tffl 
minutes, but with good reason, his 
being One 6f the smoothest hot-to- 
sweet outfit* to hit the Loop in a 
couple of seasons. Lotsa solos, in 
addition to tight ensemble numbers, 
plus supporting acts with the neces- 
sary know-how, keep the payees 
happy - - 

Band's versatility is evident In 
such numbers as "Hallelujah," solo- 
ing maestro on sax and clarinet.. and 
moving from jump rhythm to slpw- 
and-easy an; back to jump.-.to get 
the audience in. the proper mood 
from kickoff; "Boo-Boo-Boogie 
Woogie." original by pianist George 
Miller, in which Miller and orch 
rcaljv ride out: "Swance River," an- 
other slow turn that stresses bass 
viol and muted brass: drummer Al 
Fulton's swingy "Gettin' On and Off:" 
and a "King Porter Stomp," to close, 
that would, do credit to the old Good- 
mnn-Krupa-Berigan, etc., combo. 

Al Nobel, featured male vocalist, 
sings "I Dream of You" and "Don't 
Fence Me In," but latches on to the 
mike too positively, to suggest a few 
(Continued on paee 27.1 



Wednesday, March 7, 1915 




IN WONDER LAND 



Qltfe Is jai 3menca 

by Maurice Maeterlinck 

...When they return home, the heroes will recall 
that wings are needed not for our bodies, but 
for our souls. They will understand the mean: 
ing of this war which they have won y**"^^ 
amid acclamations and gratitude. \m/imRU*cK 
Every one of them has learned 
that his country is an inn on the . 
border of the eternal roads of the ideal.. 
The heroes' eyes have been opened , 



I'm That Country Parson's Wife 



by Mrs. A. Ritchie Low 



THIS IS 
\6£mNecURIOSER\ 



...What happens here in our little church, 
in Johnson, Vermont? A Catholic priest spoke 
in our Protestant church, told us how he had 
preached the word of God on other continents. 
A Jewish rabbi brought the aTk, scroll and Talmud 
Torah of his faith, spoke humbly, beautifully, 
and convincingly. A Mormon youth from Utah 
spoke; a Japanese- American who pleaded for 
a chance to prove his loyalty to his 
birthland; a Chinese statesman, 
a Hawaiian... 



AMXittRlOSB* ' 





MY VALENTINE 

by Gladys Martin 

Some Valentines, are fragile things 
With frilly lace where Cupid sings 
And doves fly out on satin wings. 

My Valentine is a silver star, 
A banner flung In lands afar 
To save and keep the dreamsjhat are. 

. ' My Valentine is a lonely lad 
* Stained with dust and khaki clad. 
Tall and brave as Galahad. 



"I.. Jever Walk Jgain?" 

by Nana Gollner 

. Prima Hullerina, Hallel Theatre 

. . ."For infantile can and will be conquered 
— especially now when we're all fighting 
it together. This is a day of miracles! 
Who should know it better than I? At 
four I had Infantile paralysis.". . . . 




by Princes* Amclie KftMpow 

..."I've found her," Goebbels reported, 
l, the Mata Hari of World War II. 
She is cold, but clever and devilishly 
greedy for money.'' And she can" 
make merTlove her." 

"Her greed,'; replied Hitler^'will 
be convenient for our purposes." 

So Hitler summoned Mady. *'! am 
Interested only in what~you*MiTdo 
for the Fatherland," he told her. 

"And I aminterested only In Money. 

They understood eaeh other^ 





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Wednesday, March 7, 1945 



PICTURES 



IT 



Inside Stuff-Pictures 

David 6. Selznick has been called on the idea that his contractee, Jen- 
nifer. Jones, is a candidate for the best "supporting player" honors in the 
current Academy sweepstakes, whereas last year she copped the honors 
lor "Bcrnadette." The producer says he's thoroughly satisfied because — 
should she win— it would prove the thing he's after, and that. is that Miss 
Jones is a versatile actress, whether as a star or 'a supporting player, and 
not a mere flash in the pan. Her current candidacy is ' predicated on 
"Since You Went Away." 

Incidentally Selznick's price for loanout of Ingrid Bergman to RKO 
as femme lead in "The Bells of St. Mary" is $175,000 for 10 weeks, with 
an added $17,500 for every week the picture requires beyond that time. 
As a bonus, RKO handed Selznick the screen rights 'to "Little Women," 
which he prepared for that studio 12 years ago. With a lot of femine 
t» lent on his payroll, Selznick figures a remake will be a money maker. 



Problem of studio space in England has raised a question mark about 
Hal Wallis' overseas trip to produce "Whenever I Remember" this spring. 
Reports from over there indicate a slight chance that the British govern- 
ment will release a studio for Wallis' use. If no space is forthcoming 
this spring. Wallis will postpone filming of the picture until next year, or 
may shift the production to Hollywood. Meanwhile, the producer will 
halt work on the Paramount lot here, following completion of "You Came 
Along." and will resume in September, with "The Searching Wind" and 
"The Crying Sisters" lined up. 



Workers on a major lot are expressing wonder at the opposition shown 
by two executives toward a top producer who is prominently mentioned 
as a candidate for the Thalberg Award in the Oscar Derby. Producer has 
plenty of backing, on his own and other lots, but is getting the knife from 
two men whom he had helped raise to high position in the- dim industry. 

Jack Goldstein, eastern publicity chief for Vanguard Films (Selznick), 
framed a stunt, to have the first 15 key city engagements of. "I'll Be 
Seeing You" audited by Price Waterhouse, but that Arm had to turn it 
down. As did Ernst 8c Ernst and other prominent accountancies — too much 
income tax business. Idea was to prove the film's b.o. potency. 



Recent sale of 42,000 shares of 20th-Fox common stock for $1,170,750 
by Darryl Zanuck was disclosed as a move to increase the trust fund he 
had established for his three children, Richard; Uarrylyn and Susan. 
Zanuck still holds 129 ',4 shares in the company a contract that runs until 
September. 1953. 



■ Library of Congress is now a possessor of one of the 14 original copies 
of the Bill of Rights, gift of Barney Balaban, who purchased the historic 
document to have it placed in the Library Shrine beside the Constitution 
and Declaration, of Independence. 



"Song of Bernadette" was given the award for the' best foreign picture 
exhibited in Mexico in 1944. 



Ranks Canadian Affiliate Building 
New Theatres, Also Buys Superiors 8 



Sam Morris Resigns WB 
East to HQ on Coast 

Sam E. Morris,, veteran Warner 
executive, who has been ailing for a 
long while, has resigned his eastern 
theatre department post to make 
permanent residence in Los Angeles. 
He left for there Monday (5). 
Whether or not he may tie up with 
(he Warner studio in some capacity 
was hot indicated. 

Previously on the Coast for a 
lengthy spell while on the sick list, 
Morris returned to the h.o. several 
years ago to become an assistant to 
Joseph E. Bernhard, theatre head, 
handling matters in connection with 
pools in which Warners is Involved. 

Before leaving the east, Morris 
sold his dairy farm in Lakeville, 
Conn. 



Larry Cowen Heads Fabian Chains 
Publicity in Albany; Distrib Briefs 



Montreal, .March 6. ■♦■ 
General Theatres, LtdL, operating 
for Odeon Theatres of Canda (J. Ar- 
thur Rank affiliate) In the Province 
of Quebec, have completed plans for 
construction of a chain of de luxe 
houses, including a . 2,500-seater in 
Montreal. This will provide extend- 
ed outlet for British-made films, 
largely from J. Arthur Rank of Eng- 
land. 

General Theatres, meantime, has 
purchased all theatres formerly op- 
erated,, by Superior Theatres, Ltd., 
and have formally taken over for 



Verdun Palace, Midway, Elecrra, 
Perron in Montreal and the Rex 
in St. Jerome. 

Odeon, until now, has been repre- 
sented in the province with the Cap- 
itol theatre, St John's, Que., and the 
Alexandra, Rouyn, Que. 1 



Hick. Back in N. Y. 

John W. Hicks, Jr., Paramount In- 
ternational prexy, who went to the 
Coast about two weeks ago for a 
rest, returns over the weekend. 

Hicks was Joined in Hollywood by 
Barney Balaban, Paramount Pic- 
ture's prexy, last- week on product 
huddles. Former expects to be back 
at his desk next. Monday. 



PRC Jumps Gun on New 
Sked With Two Pix 

Hollywood, Mar'ch 6. 
PRC makes a break-through in its 
1945-46 production schedule with 
two pictures rolling this , month, in 
addition to starting three features 
and two westerns for the 1944-45 
program, 

Slated for the new program are 
"Two Tickets to Heaven" and an 
untitled special. . RolJiri£ .for. . 1,944 
ton 'Swiad," "Mu,r : 
der in Spades." "White' Gorilla" ahef 
two westerns starring Tex Ritter 
and Dave O'Brien. 



Fib Strike If 
Desipers Nixed 

Hollywood. March 6: 
Threats of a strike vere heard in 
the offing as the National Labor Re- 
lations Board ordered a hearing, 
slated for Wednesday (7), on a pe- 
tition by film producers for certifi- 
cation of a bargaining agency in the 
Screen Decorators dispute. Herbert 
Sorrell. president of the. Conference 
of Studio Unions, indicated that he 
would go along with NLRB if the 
election is not delayed too long ( but 
insisted that the War Labor Board 
uphold Thomas Tongue, arbitrator, 
in giving interim jurisdiction to 
Screen Set. Designers, Illustrators & 
Decorators Local 1421. 
. Sorrell declared that the Confer- 
ence affiliates are ready to cooper- 
ate With Federal agencies in every 
way, but added that if the arbiter's 
award is confirmed by the board 
and the producers still refuse to 
negotiate, there will be no alterna- 
tive but to strike in order to en- 
force the Government decree. 
Order Looked For 
Ed Mussa, Local 1421 business 
representative, expressed confidence 
that Washington would shortly is- 
sue an order supporting the arbiter's 
award. In that case, he declared, 
the producers would have to nego- 
tiate or be accused of conspiring 
with the IATSE to defeat the Gov- 
ernment ruling. Producer spokes- 
men, said they thought WLB would 
not act, until NLRB had been given 
time to straighten out the Jurisdic- 
tional dispute. 

Meanwhile, the IATSE is trying 
hard to persuade members of the 
Decorators to shift to their fold, but 
both major and indie studio workers 
have voted in favor of a strike in 



rwnn Hn„oo. p^ftffd We -the producers refuse recogni 

fer are the Ke^Sfft^ 

Ryan's 'Perilous Holiday' 



'Henry Fifth' London Hit 

London, Feb. 22. 

Although Eagle-Lion's "Henry V" 
is clicking at the Carlton, it will not 
stay longer than the scheduled 20 
weeks. The reason i9 that Para- 
mount has several pictures which 
must get showing in West End prior 
to general release, with "Here Come 
the Waves," skedded for Carlton 
March 23. 

"Henry V" goes into Marble Arch 
Pavilion for its second West-End 
run March 25. 



not matter to us whether the client we are 
serving is a housewife, or the sharpest of diamond 
connoisseurs. We try to receive everyone courteously,.- 
to appraise as accurately as we know how, to. make 
offers as generous as the market can possibly allow. 
The result— to ui— is a reputation of which we arc 
proud. To you, we hope, it suggests a firm in which . 
i repose your ,Qtlll- 
confidence. fi). y ^JtW<^ r 



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Hollywood, March 8. 
First production by Phil L. Ryan's 
new indie company will be "Perilous 
Holiday," based on a Collier's mag 
serial written by Major Robert Car- 
son. 

Ryan was recently associated With 
Pat O'Brien in the production of 
"The Secret Command" for distribu- 
tion by Columbia. He is negotiat- 
ing for a major "release on "Peril- 
ous," which starts in May, with one- 
third of the footage to be shot in 
Mexico City. 



0 



House Reviews 

Continued from pate & e 

Oriental, Chi 

sessions with a gesture coach. On 
the other hand, Ruth Gaylor, attrac- 
tive thrush, proves she knows her 
way around with nice arrangements 
of "Sunday," "Saturday Night," "He's 
Home" and "Embraceable You." 
Johnny Turnbul), saxophonist, does 
justice to vocals of "Accentuate" and 
a cleahed-up version of "Who's Going 
Steady with Who?" 

June Preisser, in middle spot, goes 
over . best when she's terping and 
handspringing to "Canteen Boogie." 
She has to apologize for" some stock 
chatter about Hollywood, but does it 
cutely. Small-voiced but pepped up 
"Pattycake Man" and aforementioned 
aero work get her off to loud palm- 
poundlng. 

Joe Termini's standard clown- 
antics with fiddle, banjo and electric 
guitar oh "Some of These Days," 
"Dark Eyes," "St. Louis Blues" and 
"Don't Fence Me In," with wordless 
mouthings on latter while he makes 
the guitar talk, are very well re- 
ceived. Del Mar & Renita, in comic 
ballroom stint, also reap heavy mit- 
ting. Mike. 



Albany. March G. 

Lieut. Com. Larry Cowen, recently 
placed on inactive status, after four 
years as a Navy intelligence officer, 
has been appointed public relations 
director for Fabian theatres in the 
Albany area. Division manager 
Saul J. Ullman announced (he ap- 
pointment. Cowen, now manaimn 
director of Proctor's Troy, will 
supervise publicity for 12 houses in 
Albany, Cohoes. Schenectady. Cats- 
kill and Trov. He handled publicity 
for the Grand, Harmanus Blee^'-.^r 
Hall and Leland, Albany, durin" his 
service as manager of the Grand, be- 
fore 1940. Cowen at one time vds 
pji. for RKO Theatres : 'n n 
New York and was director for 
the Century circuit. He also \\t 
connected with Loew's, Paramount 
•md Fabian (the last-named in 
Brooklyn). 

He is the first publicity director 
for the Frbian circuit in this section. 



Chas. Skouras, Aides Soout Alex. 

Los Angeles,- March 0. 

Charles P- Skouras and several of 
his lieutenants are in Mexico Ci.y 
on a trip, to determine if National 
Theatres should expand operations 
south of the Rio Grande or pass up 
the Latin-American idea entirely. 
Business in Mexico entails numerous 
stumbling blocks, including strin- 
gent laws on foreign ownership and 
labor regulations. Decision will be 
made when Skouras and his party 
return next week. 

Party includes Rick Ricketson, 
president of 'Fox Intermountain: B. 
V. Sturdivant, northern division su- 
perintendent of Fox-West Coast: R. 
H. McCullough, building supervisor, 
and Mike and George Naify. indie 
theatre operators in. California. 

Joseph and Edith Moritz bought 
the Victor, 800-scater on Main St., 
from Isaac Victor. 

Morris E. Rosenberg, manager for 
years for the Golden State. Theatre 
circuit in northern California, ap- 
pointed booker East Bay division, to 
succeed Ed C. Rowden,; resigned. 



Jack Williams Return!) to WB 

Pittsburgh, March 6. . 
Jack Williams, veteran theatre 
manager with Warners here dozen 
years ago, rejoined WB staff. Wil- 
liams, who recently served a second 



stretch in the Marines, was a leather- 
neck lieutenant in World War 1. 
Before going back into service, h* 
managed the Girard, a. nabe houM 
(in West View. 

Because of illness, which hospital- 
ized him for several months, Eddie* 
Sellette, manager Strand, has taken 
a leave of absence and been replaced 
by Charlie Comar. assistant to 
Charlie Eagle at Stanley. 

Ed Delcroski, recently discharged 
from Navy, and Kathryn Nist, art 
litest additions to Warners" local ad 
staff. 

Major Jerry Rolh, former man- 
ager of nabe Penn and a son of 
Israel Roth, vet exhib here. re-, 
ported in Brussels recuperating from 
wounds. 

George Rathnoll, student man- 
ager at Enri«ht. named manager 
WB's Centre theatre. 



Kernan FareweHed 

William E. Kernan. RKO statU- 
tical department, who has joined 
Donahue & Coe. hns been succeeded 
by James A. Procaccini. 

Kernan was tendered luncheon at 
Bristol hotel; N. y.. by RKO execs 
last Mondav (5), when he was pre- 
sented with a watch by Harry 
Mandel cn behslf of the group. 



Ed Bell Par's X.J. Supervisor ' 

Under the nc».' setup at Para- 
mount's N.Y. exchange, placing 
Henry Randel. branch manages, 
with the company 21 years, in com- 
plete charge of 'operations, a new 
post of sales supervisor over th*> 
New Jersey territory has been 
created, 

Edward Bell, veteran salesman i» . 
Par's N.Y. branch, in the business 
24 years dating back to the old Gen- 
eral Film days, was named to thta 
job. He has been selling the N.J. 
territory..' 

Directly under Randel is Myroa 
Sattler, who is sales manager. 



Al Taylor to I. .A. for Far 

Alfred R. Taylor, Paramount 
branch manager in Indianapolis for. 
the last two years, promoted to the 
same post in Los Angeles.. He suc- 
ceeds Chester J. Bell, who's on vaca- 
tion pending a new assignment. 
Taylor will . be succeeded . by Q. 
Richard Frank, a special traveling 
rep out of that office. : 
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New York Theatres 




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"A SONG TO 
REMEMBER" 

Spectacular Stag* Production* 



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"HOTEL BERLIN" 

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ROSALIND RUSSELL 

And 

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"ROUGHLY SPEAKING" 

Willi 

Robert Hirtton • Jeaa Sullivan 
Ala* Hale - Donald Woods 
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and what a beginning! From one city to another 
• . . from one town to the next . . ."I'll Be Seeing 
You" is establishing itself as a top - grosser 
and record-breaker in every type of situation! 




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RADIO 



Wednesday, March 7, 1943 



Joan Davis' No. 3 Spot Cues Trade 
0.0. at Web Maneuvers on Drug Deal. 



Spiralinj; of the Jpan Davis show ♦- 
Into third - position on the new 
Hooperatings (26.5),. making her at 
the moment the biggest b.o. draw 
In radio with the exception of Bob 
Hope and Fibber McGee & Molly, 
has cued renewed interest through- 
out the trade in the United Drus- 
Miss Davis $4,000,000 four-year pact. 
The whole thing appears to be in a 
t tate of flux over inability of NBC or 
(,'BS to open up cream time 16 her 
n.;w sponsor; but the trade is prin- 
cipally conscious of one thing— that 
the '•hottest" fcinme star in radio to- 
day in terms Of audience pull doesn't 
know exactly where : she stands. 

As pointed out in last week's -"Va- 
riety," United has renewed its op- 
tion of the comedienne for another 
30 days, but it appears equally ap- 
parent that the whole deal, involv- 
ing a four-year contract at top coin, 
may blow unless a suitable time is 
foiind for the show. That's why the j 
trade is watching to see what ma- j 
neuvcring is in store at NBC. which 
has the inside track, or CBS in an 
effort to capture the account and Ihe 
star who's riding the crest. 

There's wonder, too, - as to how 
Sealtesl. current sponsor of Miss 
Davis, feels about parting company 
with her. at the end of the season 
in view of that No. 3 rating payoff. 

Meanwhile, an odd angle arose 
during the past week following the 
announcement that Ayer agency, on 
behalf of United Drug, hns rcrewed 
its option. 

Seems thai William Morris lyency 
radio topper Bill Murray has been 
offering the supposed $25,000 per 
week package around to other spon- 
sors and agencies, despite fact I hat 
United Drug still has exclusive 
option on show. Couple of sponsors 
to whom program has been pre- 
sented liave choice nighttime, net- 
work spots, with good rating shows 
in them, but have been in the mar- 
ket for other programs of late. Re- 
ported, too, that despite that $23,000 
tag. stanza can be bought for $17/>00 
per week, and one agency topper de 
dared, "Offer them $16,000, and get 
out of the way quick, before they 
knock you over in 
accept." 



How Hooper Rates 'Em 

(Top 15 /or March 1) 

Bob Hope ... ,.85.1 

Fibber McGee fc Molly.;... 82.9 

Joan Davis & Jack Haley. . 28.5 

Radio Theatre. . ........... 25.9 

Charlie McCarthy 25.6 

Screen Guild Players.'..,.. 24.5 

Bing Crosby. . , : 23.2 

Walter Winchell. 23.1 

Mr. District Attorney..;... 22.5 

Jack Benny. 22.3 

Abbott & Coslello. 21.6 

Take It or Leave' It. ...... . 19.7 

Kay Kyser (first h't hr.j.... 18.5 

Your Hit Parade, .......... 18.4 

Eddie Cantor. . . . . . . .... 18.2 



Include N.Y. Out 
On Mutual-Coke 




Now Lead Comic 



Instance, of. a show developing a 
stooge into the lead comic is tl"* 
case of C:\meron Andrews, win in- 
over the star spot on the Ballanline 
Monday night show on CBS this 
week (5). Andrews did ' the Mr.; 
Snvase routine during the long-time 
Johrwiy Mor- an regime on the show. 

When Mornun stcpoed out several 
weeks aw after a dispute with J. 
Walter Thompson execs over script 
material (Barney Grant held down 
the assignment for a! two-week fill 
In), it's recalled that the sponsor had 



Unexpected development after 
Coca-Cola and D'Arcy agency: de- 
cided to shift Morton Downey's day- 
time song sessions from the,Blue to 
Mutual came when the N. Y. bottler 
for coke balked at buying time on 
WOR with result that the program 
is not being aired in New York City. 

Gimmick on the series is that the 
Atlanta soft drink outfit lays it on 
the line for talent on the show with 
bottlers in various, territories kick- 
ing in for time and line charges. 
Strange qiiirk in the WOR-less Dow- 
ney: series is that the same bottler 
who refused to sign up for that sta- 
tion is paying the freight for several 
other outlets in upstate New York, 
where he holds the coke franchise. 

Downey, naturally, is none too 
pleased over the state of affairs, and 
while efforts are being made to in- 
duce the bottler to get on the band- 
wagon the situation : is such that 
ueiuic i nothing even resembling pressure 
tne uibiv 10 can be j ntroe( j i nt0 the picture, inas- 
much as participation in Coca-Cola's 
radio campaign by' the bottlers is 
gy purely on a voluntary basis. There 

MAAITA aie indications, though, that ' the 
UlUvlJC Downey show eventually- will wind 
- ° up on WOR. 

Mulled Separate Show 
For one thing, plans in the works 
for a separate coke show to be aired 
on one of the N. Y. indies appar- 
ently have been dropped. Bottler 
here was shopping around for an 
hour on WHN a while ago and latter 
dickered with WNEW. Program was 
to have been built especially for the 
N. Y. bottler with activities starting 
soon after the Andre Kostelanetz 
Sunday afternoon CBS series bowed 

out several weeks ago. • 

This week- the bottler Reported he 
now had no immediate plans for a 
show of his own, leading some to be- 
lieve the Downey deal for WOR may 
he ncaring a clincher. Downey, of 



Amos- Andy, Bob Burns 
Taking Summer Hiatus 

Among definite summer vacation! 
scheduled for June are leavea for 
Amos 'n' Andy and Bob Burns. 

Ruthrauff * Ryan, agency which 
handles both shows, not certain yet 
about replacement shows. ^ 

McCormick, NBC. 
GOP Radio Head 
Vice Turnbull 

John McCormick, NBC salesman 
in Chicago for a number of years, 
will be named head of radio for the 
Republican- National Committee next 
week. Announcement will be made 
by Herbert Brownell, chairman of 
the Republican "Natl. Committee, on 
his arrival in Chicago early in the 
week from Nebraska. Brownell left 
N..Y. for the midwest last night (6\ 
McCormick, who already has noti- 
fied NBC he is resigning to accept 
the GOP post, will succeed Henry R. 
Turnbull, of the Duane, Jones 
agency, as party radio . topper. It's 
understood Duane, Jones will Con- 
tinue to handle the ad business, radio 
and other media, for the Repub- 
licans, with Turnbull asaccount exec. 

Appointment of McCormick is in 
line with Brownell's recently-an- 
nounced personnel expansion plan 
in preparation for the Congressional 
elections this year, and eventually 
looking forward to the 1.948 Presi- 
dential election. 



Cops Quiet Jersey Cleric s Flock, 
He Gets the Air-But Not for Long 



Petrillo's Fault, Too? 

The boys in the trade are still 
ehuckling over that Bing Crosby 
"Blue of the Night" theme intro 
last week (1) on the Kraft Music 
Hall show. Back. In the old 
vaude days when the pit orches- 
tra went off beat, the guy 
thrown off key only had to bend L 
over the footlights and ad lib his 
way out of it with 'the pit man. 
■ Crosby, however, apparently 
thrown off by John Scott Trot-! 
ter, turned it into the boff lyric 
improvisation: 

"When the Blue o/ the -night-, 
"Meets the gold of the daum, 
"When am J goima gel my 
' key?" 



expressed a preference for icl-.iin- ; course, had the benefit of WJZ's ail- 



ing Andrews and the show's o Iv.-r 
stooges if it came to a showdown 
on keeping Morgan. 



Ca rlin Gets Oboler's 26 
For Mutual; Apr. 5 Bow 
With 1st 4 From N.Y. 

Arch Oboicr's 20- week series for 
Mutual gets rolling April 5 in the 
Thursday nisfht 10-10:30 niche. 

■Oritincl dicker for the series, 
tabbct "Arch Oboler's Plays." was 
between'. Obo'er and the Blue net- 
work. ElI Phil Carlin. Mutual'.^ 
new pro' .•: mming topper, clinched 
the pro.'irrim on his; ..recent dip to 
the CifM. switchover bcinj; par- 
tial'y 'influenced by longtime- friend- 
ship' between Carlin and the writcr- 
prcrWiccr - director. Oboler takes 
ove" in all three capacities liuii il 
four shows will emanate from N.Y.. 
subsequent two froni Chic:v:n. and 
remainder frrrrr the Coa>-t. 

pealdoesrft interfere with Obol- 
er's 'Metro chores, latter still rcpre- 
senting 



dience when he was on the Blue. 

Incidentally, his current platter 
policy on the Mutual coke show is 
giving him plenty of leeway for p.a.'s 
around the country. He'll be in 
Philly Tiies. (13) to receive the 
'Senate Award" voted by 5,000 high 
school students. Previous recipients 
include Herbert and J. Edgar Hoo- 
ver, Prof. Einstein. Babe Ruth. Gov. 
Thomas E. Dewey. Paul Robeson, etc. 
' Tenor's also set for an appearance 
..before Detroit's Ad-Craft club- (23), 
laud is guesting • on several Blue 
| "Spotlight Band" programs for Coca 
i Cola this month from eastern serv 
' ice camps. 



Video to Go To 
Town on V-E Day 

NBC,- CBS and DuMont television 
outlets plan to go into action on 
V-E day along with the networks, 
possibly for the full nine hours dm'-' 
ing which the webs will air s\- — 
dealing with the Allied victory In 
Europe.. Video will bring to owners 
of sets in the metropolitan N.. Y. 
area visual versions of many of the 
special shows that will be aired oral- 
ly on the networks. . 

DuMoiU has agreed to lend its 
facilities to the Blue television de- 
partment on V-E day for the pur- 
pose of having that web's video unit 
produce shows in conjunction With 
its radio reporting and programming 
on the eventful day. 

As soon as Allied victory is of- 
ficially announced, no matter what 
hour, up to 12 midnight, the video 
networks and Blue-DuMont will 
take over . with charts, maps, com- 
mentators, programs, etc., all deal- 
ing with the big event. 

Day will mark the largest tele- 
vision operation in history, accord- 
ing to present plans. All three ma- 
jor outlets in N. Y. will be on at 
the same time,' competing for the 
attention of several thousand set 
owners on one of the most Important 
days in history. 

Pointed out by those in the trade 
that this event could provide an ex- 
cellent ■ opportunity for a survey 
among television set owners, to see 
which N. Y. outlet has the greatest 
video audience. 'Whether this will 
be done, however, is doubtful, at the 
present time. 



P&G Control Of 
'Mother Hours' On 
CBS Daytime Sked 

With General Foods dropping 
"Joyce Jordon," Procter * Gamble 
has grabbed another 15-minute day- 
time segment on CBS, with result 
that P & (3 -will have captured almost 
complete control of the so-called 
"Mother Hours" between 1 and 3 
p.m. With the exception of the 2-2: 15 
segment and 2:45 to 3, P * G, effec- 
tive April 2, . will hold almost unin- 
terrupted sway over the two-hour 
cross-the-board CBS afternoon' sked. 

Scramming of "jordon" will cue 
the following lineup: General Foods 
retains the 2 p.m. slot In which "Jor- 
don" is heard, moving its "Two On 
a Clue" program up from the 2: 15- 
2:30 period, with P It G taking over 
the latter slot. Just what goes into 
the spot hasn't, definitely been de- 
termined, although there's strong 
possibility, according to Benton' & 
Bowles execs, of P 4 G moving 
"Rosemary" over from NBC. Latter 
is now heard in the 11:15-11:30 
a.m. slot. 



i R& H Beer Likes 'Blackie,' 
] 'Chan' Taking It on Lam 

"Boston Blackie." deicciivc thriller 
I scries produced by the Frederic Ziv- 
office, returns to the air April 11. 
Slanza bows in oh . WOR. Nl Y.. in 
the 8:30 to 9 p.m. slot under spon- 
sorship or R. & H. Bccr. Advertiser 
! : s dropping "Charlie Chan-' bankxoll- 
j :ng on WJZ. N. Y_ April 5. 



Camden, N. J., March (i 
For the second successive week 
W C A M, Camden's municipally 
owned station, was forced to bar 
Rev. Charles V. Gllmore, South Jer- 
sey evangelist, from the air— but this 
time the police reserves had to . be 
balled out. 

Rev. Gilmore, banned Sunday, Feb. 
25, because he refused to provide a 
complete script for his hour-long 
broadcast, brought 150 followers to 
the studio last Sunday (4). For the 
first six minutes of his show he fol- 
lowed his script and then introduced 
Rev. George W: Rideout— an added 
starter. William H. Markward, sta- 
tion mgr., immediately cut the pro- 
gram off the air and substituted re- 
corded religious music. 

The followers of the cleric then 
started to sing songs, shout, etc. 
Markward tried unsuccessfully to 
quiet them down and was mel with 
shouts of "atheist." "God-hater" and 
the like. 

"So great was the hub-bub that the 
announcer was unable to make his 
station break, a requirement of the 
FCC, so that Markward had to send 
another spieler to the WCAM trans- 
mitter at Convention Hall, Camden, 
in order to take the station off the 
air at 5 p.m. 

Meanwhile the coppers were sum- 
moned, and the studios cleared with 
difficulty. 

Markward announced yesterday he 
was turning the case over to the 
Camden City Solicitor's office with 
a view toward banning Rev. Gilmore. 
from the air permanently. 



REPRIEVE FOR 'MASCOT' 



Danny O'Nell's Moppet Friend May 
Bemalu After All 



"Blackie" was on the air for Lever 
his big source of income, j Bros, over CBS last Summer with 
He's down for the. Mutual series at screen star Chester Morris in the 
a reported ?500 a- week. While I lead role. Cast for new series not 
series bows in as sustaincr, it's up set yet. but Jean Harrison will prob- 
for potential sponsorship. I ably direct. 



With the Danny O'Neil show, cur- 
rently heard in the 11:15-11:30 p.m. 
CBS slot, moving iuto the net's 
afternoon sked later this month, 
when Joan Brooks returns to. the 
late evening spot, it now looks as 
though moppet Lorn a Lynn will re- 
main as. O'Neil's "mascot." 

There has been' some criticism in 
recent wjscks over the use of the 
child on such a late nighttime pro- 
gram,' particularly on a flve-a-week 
show, with subsequent talk of drop- 
ping the 'whole idea of giving the 
show a continuity via the moppet- 
O'Neil chatter. However, the new 
time appears to have solved the 
situation. 

Elwood Hoffman, who's been 
scripting the show, bowed out last 
week and has been replaced by, 
Madeleine Clark.. 



'Women' Forced to Call In 
Guys for Closing Hypoes; 
Reynolds, Morley Invade 

"Listen, the Women." Blue web 
Tuesday night suslafner. which bows 
out March 27 after a 52-week run 
is applying the hypo needle over its 
last four weeks with a couple of 
agencies reported on the sidelines 
anxious to see whether accent on 
entertainment might rescue the 
stanza from its doldrums. 

Program .pilots are said to wel- 
come the idea, taking the stance that 
network policy heretofore has kept 
"Women" on too high ah intellectual 
level to make for healthy Hoopers. 
Sad to relate, the "Women" are be- 
ing forced to send out a hurry call 
to males for the hypo doses — an 'out- 
and-out confession that the all-distaff 
format just didn't click. 

Closing cycle started last night (6) 
with Betty "Brooklyn" Smith and 
Muriel Draper on hand for chit-chat. 
Next week (.13) Quentin Reynolds 
will break down the femme "bar- 
rier teamed with Broadway column- 
ist Dorothy "Kilgallen. Christopher 
Morley and Dorothy Parker are 
down for final pair of broadcasts (20 
and 27). 

"Women" represents $52,000 of the 
Blue's coin over the year's run for 
talent alone, last 40 of which is 
being spent to showcase the package 
for possible sale on another net- 
work. 

Dorothy Thompson exiled from 
the show thij week. She's headed 
for Europe and starts a Mutual news 
show March 25, using shortwave re- 
lays until returning to the U. S. 



'American Forum of Air* 
Peddled as a 5G Package 

Washington, March 6. 

Theodore Graniks "American 
Forum of the Air" program, heard 
over Mutual Tuesdays 9:30 to 10:15 
p.m., is being offered around New 
York to agencies for sponsorship. 

Robert Smith is taking leave from 
Treasury Dept. to make the New 
York rounds with it. Program being 
offered at $5,000. 



Flock of Shifts On 
Bines Aft Sked 



In an effort to build up its ratings 
for afternoon shows, the Blue; effec- 
tive March 2, will shift, around its 
p.m. programs in what web toppers 
believe will be a stabilization of 
this time segment to the best ad- 
vantage* of the stanzas and the net- 
work. 

Most important shift involves the' 
moving of "Ladles Be Seated" from 
the 2:30-3 p.m. time slot to fill the 
3-3:30 p.m.. niche beginning March 
12. Since "network" time does not 
open up in the afternoons until 2:30, 
Blue execs feel that not enough sta- 
tions have been picking up this 
audience-participation show. How- 
ever, by moving it to a later niche 
it'll gain stations and may have' 
more potential bankroller lure. 

To replace "Ladies," "Sunny Side 
of the Street" musical stanza with 
Ilene Woods and Tommy Tyler, goes' 
from 10:30-10:45 a.m'. to 2:30-2:45 
p.m.. while "Blue Correspondentt 
Here and Abroad" moves from 3- 
3:15 p.m. to 2:45-3 p.m. across-the- 
board. "Yours Alone," . musical 
from Chicago, transfers from 3:15- 
3:30 to 10:30-10:45 a.m. 

Alma Kitchell's "Women's Ex- 
change" program, now heard 1:15 
to 1:45, moves to the 1-1:30 p.m. 
time slot. Galen Drake, heard in 
two 15-minute segments (1:45-2 and 
2:15-2:30) takes over a consecutive 
half-hour 1:30 to 2 p.m. To round 
out the shifts "Ethel and Albert." 
local co-op show, goes full network 
from 2:18 to 2:30 p.m., from its for- 
mer 1:30 p.m. niche network and 
6:15 p.m. niche on WJZ, N. Y. Lat- 
ter slot will be filled by a local co- 
op show not set yet. 



Matoal's Daytime Hypo, Too 

Mutual will start feeding network 
programs to its affiliates at 9 a.m. 
beginning in two weeks, moving 
opening of the network from 10 a.m. 
dally. Eventually, according to the 
plans of network program v.p. Phil 
Carlin, web will open up at 8 a.m., 
as do the other three major nets. 

Carlin is presently negotiating 
with a name news commentator to 
start oft the 9 to 10 a.m. bracket 
with a 15-minute across-the-board 
stint Hell follow this with audience- 
participation or hillbilly show from 
one of Mutual's out-of-N. Y: stations. 

In line with desire to strengthen 
the daytime program structure of 
Mutual,. Carlin is grooming Doug 
Williamson, m.c. on the web's night-, 
time quizzer, "What's the Name of 
That Song?", for a daytime audience- 
participation chore Mondays through 
Fridays. Carlin believes that format 
now being ironed out for this half- 
hour daily stanza has strong listener 
appeal, and will garner dialers from 
the other networks. 



Wednffsdnyi March 7, 1948 



RADIO 



Si 



RATINGS RADIO'S WORST ENEMY 



Woods Seen Breaking Out of Woods- 
To Bolster Blue s Network Structure 



Emergence of Mark Woods, prexy 
0 f the Blue network, into a more 
active part in the marias'criient of 
web affairs is anticipated with a re- 
sultant division of authority where- 
by he'll share directional duties 
with vice chairman Chester J. La- 
Hoche. 

Proposed lineup is 1.0 have latter 
concentrate on sales and production 
matters, agency and client relations 
and direction of top personnel while 
Woods will devote himself . 16'. . the 
physical operations of the chain and 
matters, pertaining '9 regional ad- 
ministration— Chi. West Coast, etc. 
as well as affiliates elsewhere. 

Segue already is underway, as a 
matter of fact, with Woods function- 
ing as head "man during La Roche's 
three-week vacash in Florida. . Upon 
his return he's expected to pick up 
the reins in departments mentioned 
above while Woods will continue to 
devote .'himself to the network as a 
•network. 

Anticipated division of authority 
at the top is viewed in the industry 
as only a natural move in view of 



Here We Go Again 

Vaughn Monroe and his band, ' 
set for a Coca-Cola "Spotlight 
Band" dale' on the Blue next 
week, was cancelled when spon- 
sor learned that his band did 
the recording of "Pepsi-Cola for 
Two." 

Ironically enough, it was the . 
Monroe o;'ch which recorded 
"Rum and Coca-Cola," and first 
broadcast it on CBS when web 
look ban oft song Feb. S. 



Unrest in Chi 

Chicago, March 6. - 
Blue network central division 
morale Is fast reaching an all- 
time low In marked contrast to 
• short year ago, when the BTue~ 
was almost a "holy crusade" to 
the net's execs and employees. 
Chief bogey seems Co be fear 
that headquarters brasshats are 
polling all lines of authority Into 
$1. Y. In marked contrast to the 
present policy of de-cenlrallza- 
Uon which puts, Ed BorrofT at 
the top of the heap as v. p. in 
charge of. the midwest opera- 
tions. 

It's common knowledge that 
both Boiroff and Mac Schoen- 
feld, asst. g.m., learn much of 
the news about their own net- 
work from N. Y. press releases 
lather than from the bosses. 
Case In point was . tfcree half- 
hour closed circuits last week 
<W . came through without 

Ilther of the Chi execs knowing 
ust when "they were scheduled. 



LaRoche.'s admitted lack of knowl- 
edge regarding the actual running, 
of a network. While his background 
qualifies him as a most valued as- 
set, it's acknowledged, in dealing 
with clients, agencies, talent, etc, 
he's been working in virgin territory 
as far as straightening out the 
grievances and tangles that can't 
help but occur during the natural 
Course of web affairs. 

Woods Knows 'em All 
Woods, on the other hand, was in 
attendance when the network was 
born, is known and liked by Blue 
sub-toppers in all parte of the coun- 
try and has a working knowledge 
cf just how a network should op- 
erate. Following the departure of 
Ed Kobak from the Blue, and the 
' ascendancy of LaRoohe, consider- 
able wonderment was expressed 
throughout the trade as to just what 
Woods was going to do at the Blue 
when it became known he was re- 
maining witlvthe title of prexy even 
(Continued on page 39), 

Gag Writer Shortage Cues 
Louis Quinn LA. to N Y. 
For JWT 7-Up Show 

Shortage of comedy scripters in 
the east lias resulted in the' J. Walter 
Thompson agency putting in an SOS 
for Louis Quinn on the Coast. Lat- 
ter comes east to gag up the new 
(piow being sponsored by Seven Up, 
Ino., which bows in on Mutual in 
about three weeks. Show will, star 
Barney Grant, wr|0 stepped into the 
Ballantlse Show when Johnny Mor- 
gan scrammed over - script differ- 
•Jices, . Both shows are handled by 
the Thompson agency. 

Harry Herrman is taking over as 
head writer on the new 7-Up show 
which will be produced in N.Y. 



CBS Accenting 
Documentaries 
On Summer Sked 



The CBS program department is 
currently mapping a "summer re- 
placement" schedule of suslainers 
aimed at attracting maximum audi- 
ence pull for shows that have some- 
thing vital to say? It's not known 
yet— just-how many nighttime spots 
will be vacated by sponsor-hiatus, 
but the net's programming dept. is 
currently going along the supposi- 
tion lha,t at least three choice time 
spots will be available for such 
documentary shows. 

, If "Assignment Home," the vet- 
eran rehabilitation series currently 
heard Saturday afternoons, is not 
sold by the summer (the War Dept. 
is still holding off on a sponsorship 
okay with reported friction arising 
as to whether CBS or the Army 
Service Forces should, control pro- 
duction of the show), it's to be. 
spotted in one of the best nighttime 
segments that open up. 

The Norman ■ Co'rwin 26-week 
series will also bypo the net's sus- 
taining sked and there's likelihood 
that the Saturday afternoon "The 
Lan,d Is Bright" sustalner may be 
moved into one of the .open oream 
time spots if various produotion 
kinks can be straightened enit. 



Another All-Negro 
Serial in Web Bid 

. A second all-Negro serial entitled 
"The Banekers," by Shirley Graham, 
has been going the rounds' In New 
York City. "Llttli Mam of Har- 
lem," by Langston Hughes, has been 
circulating for a couple oi years. 
Meanwhile, a third program treat- 
ing with Negroes; being written by 
Mollie Berg, author of "The Gold- 
Bergs," Is scheduled for a spring 
bow-In on Mutual when Mrs. Berg 
returns from an overseas trip. 

The all-Negro cast idea has a 
number of advocates who urge this 
as a matter of justice to the race. 
Others - argue that it would help 
more to have Negroes of status, and 
distinction pictured as accepted 
among and by white characters as 
equals. 

| It's generally thought that some 
I all-Negro broadcasts may come al- 
ter the war when time eases up. 



SEEN AS CURB 
ON INITIATIVE 



By GEORGE ROSEN 

The tyranny and . the magic . of 
popularity ratings continues to be a 
much-discussed issue in radio trade 
circles with, the critically-minded 
forever on the attack. Latest com- 
ment involves recent publicity of 
Blue and Mutual 'network, officials 
who have described their own am- 
bitions to upgraYle their programs 
almost exclusively in terms of se- 
curing ''better Crossley ratings." 

To the critically-minded this has 
been unfortunate language. "They 
are furthering the very thing which 
is constantly' interfering with inde- 
pendent thinking, experimentation, 
showmanship and with realistic dif- 
ferentiation between size of audi- 
ence and advertising effectiveness" 
is the way one trade commentator 
put the matter. 

The argument against the type of 
"hopes" expressed by Blue and Mu- 
tual fits in with the practices at the 
older webs, too: All worship at the 
altar of Great God Ratings and yet 
all suffer from the narrow dogma of 
their owii religion. In this connec- 
tion a possible new development is 
reported from the direction 'of the 
Neilsoii aucfimeter. The latter is 
very "copyright-protected" stuff but 
word has spread through the trade 
that , now that actual home meters 
are being analyzed a sensational ex- 
ception to the cliehed-thinking of 
the radio business is. developing, 
namely— sustaining programs have 
many more listeners than they've 
been credited with in the past 10 
years. If this turns out to be well- 
proved . by either Neilson ■ or other 
data it opens up new concepts. 

An oddity about, the ratings is'the 
existence side by side of two pori-. 
Dieting altitudes toward them: 

One; the business man, fearful of 
"showmanship," holds them in great 
reverence. : 

Two, the showmen and particu- 
larly the more original writers and 
producers, loathe them as straight- 
jackets. 



ANDREWS GALS' SHOW 
GETTING NEW SCRIPTERS 

Lou Levy, manager of the An- 
drews Sisters, last week released the 
writers, of the 'singing Irio's radio 
commercial sponsored by Nash-Kel- 
vinator. He left N. Y. for the Coast 
last week i3) with Al Singer and 
Bob Phillips, both formerly con- 
nected with the tailoring of scripts 
for Milton Berle and Bob Hope. 

Severed writers were Coast men, 
headed by "Cotlonsced" Clark: 



Bracken Story 
Writer Scrams 



Hollywood, March 6. 

Following inability to get together 
on contract, ' terms, Robert Riley 
Crutcher, writer of the "Eddie 
Bracken Story," obtained his release 
and withdrew from scribbling chores 
on the show dver the weekend. 
Crutcher delivered fifth script for 
new airer before checking out. 

He and his manager, Marty Mar- 
tyn, had been dissatisfied with setup 
for several weeks. Format pact was 
drawn up after show took to air 
Feb. 4, but It was considerably 
changed from original writing agree 
ment made several months ago. 

Attorneys for both sides have been 
battling to iron out difficulties but 
Cruteher's reps field out for original 
terms. New writers being sought for 
show but none set so far. Indications 
from radio row also point to further 
dissatisfaction among other princi- 
pals on show. 



Bat s Wrong With Radior Survey 
On NAB Agenda Looms As Most 
Intensive Ever Made by Industry 



Behincl-the-Scenes Talk 

Washington, March 6. 
Corridor discussion in hotels 
here among those who were in 
attendance at the two-day con- 
clave of the National Assn. of 
Broadcasters board of directors 
■and. allocations hearings last 
week seemed to center princi- 
pally on two possible develop- 
ments. 

Talk had it that the Crosley 
Corp., owner of the powerful 
WLW station in, Cincinnati and 
recent, purchaser of WINS in 
New York for $1.700,000,. haB bei; 
come "network conscious" with 
the ultimate aims of a postwar 
network, in mind. 

Sharing equal prominence was 
a report that William Benton 
has up for sule all of his prop- 
erties with the exception of 
Subscription Radio, with the 
gossip having it that Muzak is 
among the holdings Benton is 
ready to relinquish. 



Camel Also Can 
Go Eight Days 
Without Schnoz 



The Jimmy Durante-Garry Moore 
Friday night show on CBS bows off 
after the March 80 broadcast, with 
four weeks' notice of panoellalion 
given the program after last Fri- 
day's (2)" stanza. Cigaret sponsor, 
R. -J. Reynolds (Camel), Is also turn- 
ing back the Friday night time to 
CBS. Reason for dropping the. com- 
edy, show is that the ed budget has 
been whacked, due to reduced civil- 
ian output. 

William. Esty agency, which bills 
the account, It said to have another 
client ready to take over the. show 
and time March 30. Understood, too, 
that Borden's would like to switch 
its new Jerry Wayne show, which 
bowed in on the Blue Monday (6) 
to succeed the Ed Wynn stanza, over 
to CBS, but the web 1§ following 
the regular formality of offering the 
time to Its own advertisers, with 
number of olienta having bids In for 
more favorable time. 

Due to ciggie shortage, Reynolds 
dropped "Blondle" last season and 
American Tobacco (Luckies) lend 
leased Kay Kyier to Colgate-Palm- 
olive. Duraiite-Moo.re show has 
maintained consistently a Hooper of 
around 14 despite the stiff opposition 
of Amos V Andy. 



•♦• The National Assn. of Broadcast- 
ers is about to embark on the most 
intensive survey to dale to deter- 
mine "what's wrong with radio." 
When the Board of Directors of the 
NAB met in Washington last week, 
the ambitious undertaking came up 
for consideration, with the direc- 
torate reportedly giving it the green 
light. Thus far the NAB has been 
making every possible effort to 
hush-hush the plan and, in fact, 
every director in attendance was 
pledged to secrecy. 

However, "Variety" has learned 
that, the okay has definitely been 
siven. Just how all-embracive the 
survey will be is one of the things 
that the board prefers to keep under 
wraps, but this much seems clear: 
that the public-opinion poll analyz- 
ing radio's failings will probably be; 
the most comprehensive ever under- 
taken by the industry. 

Nowhere in the four-page release 
sent out by the NAB "covering'' the 
Washington agenda is there a ref- 
erence to the proposed survey. Nor, 
for that matter, does the release 
touch on the recent action taken in 
Chicago- by the subcommittee on . 
the NAB code, as disclo'sed in "Va- 
riety", recently, with a 'virtual 
unanimity of expression at the ses- 
sion in favor of tossing out the win- 
dow . the present code preventing 
sale of time for controversial issue* 
or for organization mombersh'm. 
Comment is restricted to the 
that "a lengthy discussion of th» 
code and industry policy was had 
in order that the committee might, 
have the benefit of the thinking of 
the entire board." It was followed 
by ah announcement that the code 
committee will meet in N. Y. on 
March 21 and 22. 



Telecast Studio Close-Up 
Of CBS Radio Serial 
'This Life Is Mine' 



Nix 'Hitch-Hikers' 

Washington, MaVeh 0. 

"Hitch-hike" announcements an4 
inter-station and inter-web plugs 
would go out the window on the 
basis of two resolutions adopted W 
the NAB board last week at to 
meeting here. 

Hottest subjeot before the board 
and the one on which it will tall 
the least involves liberalization m 
the NAB code to okay time sale 
labor unions, cooperatives, 

nothing; very rouoh Mtlled, „ 

Qode QonuriHtee will meet In New 
York Mareh M-»2 ( In an effort te 
(Continued on page 40) 



me sales to 
s, ete. With 
d, the NAB 



Curfew Stymies 
'HitParade Repeat 

First midnight eurfew casualty 
among the top network programs la 
the Lucky Strike Saturday night 
•"Hit Parade" program which, begin- 
ning this week (10), cancels Its re- 
j peat show for the Coast. 
I Program from now on will be aired 
' only at 0 p.m. <EWT) coast-to-coast 
Iwith CBS Pacific Coast web of 13 



Elaine Carrington's 4th 
Soaper Headed CBS-Way; 
Auditioned for Bankroller 

New Elaine' Curringlon daytime 
seriai, "Marriage For Two" 'which 
makes her Queen of the Soapers 
with four), was auditioned Satur- 
day '3) at CBS on behalf of a bank- 
roller being handled by the Grey 
agency. Mary Jane Iligby'and Mi- 
chael Fitzmaurice are -potted in the 
lead roles, with Don Cope directing. 

Cross-llie-board show would be 
slated for an early CBS prcem with 
John Gibbs representing Miss Car- 
ringlon on. the deal. Her other spon- 
sored shows arc "Rosemary," "When 
A Girl Marries'' and "Pepper 
Young's Family." 



CBS television Is preparing a spe 
cial half-hour telecast for Wednes , 
day evening, April 12, demonstral- 1 affiliates picking up program along 
ing how a daytime serial episode Is \ with all other stations at that time, 
rehearsed and performed. CBS' own Originally new setup was slated to 
serial, "Thin Life Is Mine." will ' start last Saturday night <3>. but the 



serve as. the model, an actual episode 
being used. The leads. Gertrude 
Warner and Michael Fitzmaurice. 
are expected to appear and director 
John Becker will also .be '.pictured 
in the act of doing, his stuff,: 
. Explanatory material will be used 
fore and aft, based upon the pres- 
entation now b^in;; made to adver- 
tising agencies by CBS" France.- 1 
Wilder. 

Ben Fe-iner is handling the .vpiup 
for Gil Seldes of CBS television. 



12 CBS Pacific Coast stations air a 
half-hour program sponsored by "42 
Products Ltd."' in the 6-6:30 iPWT) 
niche, and did not have chance to 
shift show to another slot. However, 
starting next Saturday 1 10 ). Coast 
stanza moves into Luckies former 
time beginning at 9 p.m. <PWT). . 

Last week program was not heard 
on the. Coast, duo to fact thai George 
Washington Hill, Luckies prexy, can- 
celled repeat show when curfew went 
into effect barring live audiences. He 
told network that similation of audi- 
■ehec by sound effects would not do. 
As a result, Coast stations, at 9 p.m. 
iPWT) gave full report to listeners 
why "Hit Parade" was not being 



Fori Worth.— Norman J. Dickon 
has been named commercial man- 
ager of WBAP-KGKO: Dickon, 

comes here , with NBC and network ' aired that night. Announcement also 



experience. 



«et st:i"o for next week. 



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Beefs Rend Air, No One Happy As 
FCC Weighs Frequency Allocations 



Washington. March 6. ■♦ 
Despite a heavy barrage of pro- 
tests by FM spokesmen against being 
moved upstairs in the spectrum, 
there was nothing to indicate that 
FCC will change its mind as the 
hearings on- the proposed new fre- 
quency allocations wound upon Sat- 
urday' (3 1, after four days. 

FM had no monopoly on the beefs, 
however. Virtually every type of 
service indicated it wanted more 
than had been allowed it. and serv- 
ices left out in the cold saw no rea- 
son why FCC should not also carve 
them a sliver of ether melon. 

Television Broadcasters Assn. 
came forward with a plan to obtain 
maximum usage of the 12 video 
channels which would be immedi- 
ate 1 ;.' available after the w;-r. 
HiThli/'hts of the hearin?s: 
1. The FM matter was not formally 
closed. FCC scheduled a closed hear- 
ing for March 12. rt which K. A: 
Norton will disclose new and confi- 
dential Army data Which will be 
very important in the final decision 
of whether FM stays where it is or 
moves up in the spectrum. 

2.. Television Broadcasters Assn. 
sussested a plan which would pro- 
vide at least one video outlet in 112 
of the 140 largest market cities, in 
the 12 available channels. There 
would be 398 stations in all. If FCC 
should also turn over the 102-108 
channel to video, the number of sta- 
tions would move up to 464. 

3. Society of Motion Picture En- 
gineers cut loose with a b'rist against 
the CSS brief, which urged the Com- 
mission not to allow any channels to 
theatre video. . 

Fl;-S.qucal Sqnawks 

4. Joseph Wiener, counsel for Sub- 
scription Rae'io, Inc. (pis squeal) 
similarly attacked the NAB brief for 
mains that, it subscription radio set.-; 
any place in the ether, it should be 
in a different portion of the spectrum 
from regular commercial FM. Wiener 
said this would ■ make it, necessary 
for the public to purchase new sets 
Wiener said his organization ex- 
pected no competition, at least for a 
while, in the cities in which it 
would set up. 

The Television Broadcasters Assn. 
plan, which will cause plenty of 
beefs in some cities., would provide 
seven outlets immediately for New 
York, Chicago and Los Angeles (the 
maximum number), with Frisco rat 
ing six. Next in line with five apiece 
would be Boston; Detroit Pittsburgh 
SI. Louis, Minneapolls-St Paul. Buf 
falo, Milwaukee. Kansas City, Port- 
land. Ore.; the Albany-Sehcneclady 
Troy area; Indianapolis area: Denver 
New Orleans, Memphis, and Miami 
No other city would get more than 
four. 

This is sure to bring repercussion 
from Philadelphia, for example 
which would only be allowed four 
because of its proximity to New 
York; and Baltimore' which wou'.d 
only have .three. Philly already has 
a Philco station, and there are seven 
applications on file. With only three 
more channels to be allotted, ques- 
tion would rise as to whether FCC 
should give them to the big web sta- 
tions such as WCAU and KYWj or 
whether some should go to newcom- 
ers in the field. Washington, which 
has eight applications in, would' only- 
get four outlets under the plan. 

Everybody left out would have to 
wait until experimentation is com- 
. pleted in the ultra-high frequencies, 
and then the scramble would start 
all over again. 

Theatre Video Accuses CBS 
Paul Larfen, who appeared for the 
Society of Motion Picture Engineers, 
charged that CBS feared competi- 
tion from theatre video. 

"We can only interpret these 
(CBS) statements,'' he said, "as being 
(Con inued on page 40) 



N. Y. City Station To 
FM Rolland Memorial 

Memorial program honoring Re- 
main Rolland from Times Hall, N. Y.. 
Simdav (11). will be aired for one 
hour '(9:30-10:30) over WNYC,FM. 
New York city's municipally ownec. 
frequency modulation station, wi.U- 
lie first hn'f-hour getting an A?- 
einv via WNYC. It s one of the rare 
occasions where a program has been 
ei ui) primarily for FM with the 
AM portion being "farmed out." 

B -oad-asl will feature appearance 
of Bruno Waiter as pianist with 
Minist Bronislaw Huberinan in 
Bee'.hovcn's Kreutzer Sonata. For- 
mer hr.s been confining himself to 
ouolic appearances as a. conductor at 
the Mctopera, N. Y., for the most 
pari, this being one of his infre- 
quent keyboard recitals. 

Also skedded are readings by Stella 
Adler Oscar Homolka, Herbert 
Berahof. Philip Huston. Whitford 
Kane and Olga Samaroff-Stokowski. 



Food for Thought 

Idea developed by Ralph Weil, 
mgr. of WOV, N. Y., was inaug- 
urated by the station yesterday 
t6 1; when noontime patrons in ■ 
restaurants in the beehive sector 
of 57th street and 5th ave. were 
deluged with single-page throw- 
outs chronicling up-to-the-min- 
ute war news and other bulle- 
tins. 

Daily service gives the lunch 
bunch the flashes within a few 
minutes after the station gejs 
them, the payoff being the WOV 
masthead and the remainder that 
the. station's Hans Jacob and 
Tom Morgan, by the simple ex- 
pedient of tuning in, can 1111 in 
; Ihe gaps. 

Psychological aspect of gim- 
mick" lies in fact that those bal- 
llcfronl-tempocd flashes will 
serve as a morale . hypo and h 
reminder to the bistro queues, to 
soft-pedal the butter requests, 
etc.- ' 



Wednesday, March 7, 194,1 

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Philly Preachers Fail 
In Bid to Break Down 
WPENVNo Sale' Policy 

Philadelphia. March 6. 
A committee of radio preachers 
met with execs of the Evening Bul- 
letin last week in an effort to dis- 
suade the paper from dropping all 
broadcasts 



Radio's Effective Job 
Bringing Out Midwest 

(jWie Sea Applicants ^Thc daily's management reiterated 
. ou:. fi lit? stand that after April 1 no more 



From the Production Centres 

: r+4*** ********************************** t* ; 
7\ NEW YORK CITY . . . 

Harry ACkerman, veepce at Y&R, due back from Coast Sunday (11),./ 
Gordon Calcs, Y&R radio dept. administrative topper, out sick for, 
time, back at his desk. ... .House Jameson and Kay Raht, the Mr. and Mrs. 
Sam Aldrich of "The Aldrich Family," did a three-page layout on typical 
American family scene for Parade mag. Ted Mallie, from. WMCA, lias 

jome'd'TredeTftrZiv package agency as asst. to Jean Harrison Colgate. 

renewed CBS' "Theatre of Romance" package for another 13 Weeks 

Walter Lurie announced renewal of "Pays to Be Ignorant" for Philip 
Morris by the Biow agency for another 13 weeks. ., .Marge Kerr, N. w. 
Aye'r talent topper, back from the Coast. .. .Jack Adams named by W. 
Colston Leigh, Inc., exec asst. iir* charge of concert and radio division. 

Fred Waring being profiled in the New Yorker mag.... Bob Colwcll. of 
the J. Walter Thompson agency, who recently returned from overseas tor 
the OWI, gaining recognition for his study of the Luxembourg Radio 
operation. He has a current Life mag conlrib and expounded on its setup 
on last week's "March of Time" broadcast . .. . Femme staff at Doherty, 
Clifford 4: Shenfleld banded together under Anne Murphy to knit sweaters, 
scarfs, etc.. for Army-Navy distribution through American Theatre Wing 
. ... .Dolores Dawson, -who did Oriental dance on recent Dum.ont .WABD 
'Parly Night" program, is daughter of Mile. Fifl, ballerina of previous 
generation". ... .G. Swayne Gordon added to cast of . "Amanda". ...Dorii 
Dalton new addition to "Young Widder Brown". .. .Fred Barton playing 
Captain Tom Blaine in "Just Plain Bill"... . .Tony Darnay. Bess McCam- 
mon, and Mary Hunter join "Stella Dallas" cast. 

Max Wylie of Young & Rubicam has written a stage play based- on 
India, where he once taught school. -.. .Gertrude Warner lost several days 
last week from her various radio shows with sudden attack of influenza 
BBD&O looking for script editor for "Armstrong Theatre" series.... 



commercial religious . . 

(•■em its newly-acquired outlet-. I Edward Murrow and William Shn er guests of honor at recent dinner party 
I wPEN— but the Bulletin stuck to its given by Mrs. William S. Paley. Murrow has returned to London. .. .Ed 

and Polly East have purchased a building lot at Ponte Verde, Florida 

Hugh Terry, mor. of KLZ, Denver, in town last week after attending NAB : 
. . . M u r : U5 siano mat ai«--i n.i-«" * session in Washington. .. .Bob Stephens, radio cd of Cleveland Plain 

Chicago,. Marcn e. time would be 'sold to clerics, and. all Dealer, arrived in town Sat. (3) for week's look-see Howard Lane mid 

Tabulation of a survey, taken on | V^iiwIous-'sKows would be on a sus- I William Lodge, of CBS. leave March 20 for cross-country junket to bring 
the stimulus sending recent seamen | " basis with t i me allotted to ■ affiliates up to date on FM and tele developments. 

applicants- into Merchant M . a ""?- j representative Protestant. Catholic I Dick Davis,' actor on "Aunt Jenny" and "Death Valley Days." heard on; 
showed the effectiveness , oi uwj ., , ^ - Jewish group c - CBS. signed for one of leads in legitcr, "Kiss; Them For Me" due on 

Broadway later this month. .. ;Fred Bobbins, announcer on "Let's Face 



in S,eS£ l oF'oW,' 1-p.esentative Protestant. Catholic 
V. r;.„,. 5 ,.». : and Jewish groups, 
radio announccm.enl& Figuiies. i*. , • Rev Cacl McIntyr e, spokesman 
1-ascd by the local office of Domes- ^ ^ mimsterSi dec i ared i hal U n- 



tic Radio Bureau, OWI, revealed 
that 56% heard the Lradio announce- 
ments, scheduled by the OWI on sta- 
tions in Illinois. Wisconsin, Indiana 
and Iowa. Newspapers brought 
7'.; of the applicants: while bill- 
boards, posters, word-of -mouth, etc., 
accounted for the remaining 17%. 

Radio gave other outstanding 
help. Largely as a result of 80 spot, 
announcements oa 16 Chicago sta- 
tions: the Army Quartermaster 
Corps— in connection with the pur-, 
chase of barid equipment for Army 
musician organizations— was able to 
purchase 623 instruments, valued at 
$49,003, in less than five days. Com- 
parative results were accomplished 
in the U.6. Public Health Service's 
Cadet Nur.se Corps drive, and in the 
campaign for additional manpower 
in Chicago war plants. " 



der the broadcasters code, time must 



tlic Issue." Mutual Sunday forum series, just completed talk strips for 14 
reels of Wright aircraft industrial films. . . .Terry Walsh, new in Blue pub- 



be sold to the highest bidder— a po- ^ licity office, taking over for Nancy Phillips who's been tipped to writing 



SINATRA HEADS EAST; 
SKEDS GI SHOWS 

Frank Sinatra moves his Max Fac- 
tor commercial east for six weeks or 
so beginning with the program on 
March 14. His purpose in moving 
into the N. Y. area is to- originate 
the show (and otherwise play shows'* 
at various Army and Navy camps 
and hospitals. He is doing the April 
4 broadcast, for example, from the 
Valley Forge Hospital, .near Phila- 
delphia.- 

In addition to the camp and hos- 
pital series, the singer will wake j Ma ,. cll 15 rally 

talks on tolerance to young fans, j ; 

dates for which are now being set' 
up. He laid the ground work 'for 
these discussions with a brief refer- 
ence in that direction on his pro- 
gram of last week (28). 



sition which was disputed by the 
Bulletin. 

The ministers offered a "compro- 
mise" to settle the dispute— that the 
Bulletin should renew its contract 
with them for one year. This was 
turned dawn. 

The meeting then broke up with 
the ministers planning a giant pro- 
test against the newspaper and sta- 
tion at a rally at Convention Hall, 
March 15.. 

The Bulletin, meanwhile, is going 
ahead with its plan of streamlining 
its program schedule, especially that 
dealing with religion. Initial show 
tinder the new setup is oho featuring 
Army and Navy chaplain of differ- 
ent faiths, demonstrating the activi- 
ties ot clerics in wartime. An ad- 
visory board of leading ministers of 
the different faiths will be set up. to 
allocate time to ministers and rabbis 
with the station keeping hands off to 
avoid charges of 'discrimination. 

The radio preachers held a meet- 
ing yesterday (Mon.) at which it 
was decided to take steps to petition 
the FCC to revoke the license of 
WPEN on the. grounds that, the sta 
lion had interfered with "freedom 
of <>peech" . by cancellation of the 
contracts. 

The ministers also announced they 
had printed 400,000 pieces of liter 
ature telling "their side" of the con- 
trovemy to be distributed in churches 
throughout Philly and telling of the 



LOUIS DEAN TO KUDNER, 
BACK ON GM ACCOUNT 



ARTHUR MOORE GETS 
W PRODUCER BERTH 

I .Arthur Moore, of the Young * 
nsi ■ 4J J Wi1mii'( •> Rue I? Rubicam talent department, is quit- 
IVnO daiQ WllSOn S a DUSII ting that agency to take over the 
D.-spite .some reports' in the trade | ( pi oduction reins oil the Philco "Hall 
that Earl Wilson and General Cigar of Fa , mc . show -, " e ft*P* into the 
(While Owl; were parting company " cw b ^ ltn on March 18. H.s secre- 
at the expiration of the initial 13, li "' v - Ma, ' y *} Ke Thompson, goes 
week cycle early in April, the Sun- I,lon « , witn h ' m - Moore came east 
day night Wilson show on Mutual I scvel al montns from lhc Coast 
has been renewed for another 13 
weeks. Latest Hooper gives the pro- | 
gram a 2.7 rating, up .2 of a point' 



over the previous tally. 

Joe Bigelow, . of the J. Walter 
Thompson agency, which handles the 
Louis Dean, vet radio announcer \ cigar account, is taking over the pro 



j to handle talent for several Y fc R 
programs. 

Moore succeeds Myron' Dulton, 
who has taken oyer production - of 
"HQF" on a temporary basis. Show 
moved cast last Sunday (4) after a 
two-month Coast origination. 



turned radio exec; returns to the 
General Motors fold by becoming 
account executive with Arthur Kud- 
ner agency, Dean had left the Kud- 
ner outfit and for the past two years 
he was with the William Morris 
agency's radio dept., after a. spell 
with Don Francisco in the CIAA. 

Dean was von the GM account for 
■even years when Campbell-Ewald 
had it, prior to Kudner snagging 
that client, go it's old-home- week 
all around. 



duction supervisory job on. the show: 
He's just returned from the Coast. 



Hartford.— Paul'. W. Morency, g.m. 
of WTIC. last Friday (2) turned over 
to the Hartford County Chapter of 
(he National: Foundation for Infan- 
tile Paralysis a check for f«4,071.80 
which represents the total receipts 
of Hartford's "Mile O' Dimes" canv 
palgn, a joint promotion of WTIC 
and the Hartford Courant. 



Johnny Kirby. on 'Gaietiei* 
. Pittsburgh, March 8.' 
As a result of a guest shot last 
week on "Gaslight Gaieties," John 
ny Kirby; local radio singer, has 
been set for several more appear- 
ances on the Beatrice Kay-Michael 
O'Shea show. 

. He's a staff artist on the Westing 
house station and: commutes to New 
York on week-ends for "Gaieties," 



staff. George Schreicr has moved out to handle bally for Stan Florshcim's 
co-op. program divish. . 

Reciprocal deal: worked out between Century Artists and Al Kingston 
Co. on the Coast whereby each will represent the other. . . .Patsy Campbell 

into Blue's "Keep Up With the World" today (7) Broadway reunion 

will be held in a WOR studio Thursday (8) when Jahe Cowl has as her 
guest.. Staats Cotsworth, who appeared with her in the lagiter, "Rain From--. 
Heaven" Also in the studio will be Mrs. Cotsworth (Muriel Kirkland), 
another Broadway star and friend of Miss Cowl. 

IN HOLLYWOOD . . . 

John Royal moved up to Frisco for a lookaround after talking over the 
NBC televish situation with Sid Slrotz. .. .Eddie Cherkose batting out gags 
for Eddie Cantor, and Alan Woods ditto for Durante-Moore. Both recently 

out of the service Edgar Bergen and Don Ameche decided to call off 

their eastern jaunt to play hospitals and rehabilitation camps for rest ot 
the season:.: .Blue network will broadcast the Academy awards March 15, 
the eastern affiliates staying open after hours t° carry full hour of the 
event, which gets under way at 9;30 p.m. from Grauman's Chinese theatre 
.Alan Mowbray signed two-year contract as regular on "Duffy's 

Tavern." He'll play a bounding Britisher, wot else? Eddie Bracken, Roy 

Rogers and Jack Carson are 1A with their draft boards. No tellin' when 

they'll be called The Blue's Hubbell Robinson around for a few weeks 

to hop up local production end of the network Five CBS programs trek 

east toward mid-month, but no publicity "for reasons of security." Junk- 
et'eers are Danny Kayc, Durante-Moore, Frank Sinatra, Brice Thomas and 
Burns and Allen. .. .Jack Slattery resigned, as KNX chief announcer to 
freelance, starting with three commercials:... Dave Shelley, stepson of 
Buddy DeSylva, got his- induction notice after his first broadcast with 
Hoagy Carmichael in the new Safeway Stores series. . . .Ginny Simms using 
discharged servicemen who were performers before the war in the "Johnny 
Presents" guest spots. .. .Fulton Lewis due in town the 15th on a Coast 
snoop. .. .Kraft Music Hall picks up its summer relief back east while el 
Bingo is busy making two pictures. . . Don Lee net shagged Evelyn Bigsby's 
radio chatter series before it even got started. It's against the Coast chain's 
policy to plug acts and people on other skeins. Blue may take it for the 
Coast ride under sponsorship of a cleanser ... .Jack Oakie may be Joan 
Davis' vis-a-vis next fall, with Martha Raye mentioned as Jack Haley'a 
running mate on Scaltest. 

IN CHICAGO ... 

Cy Wagner, trade paper reporter engaged to Dolores Brust, Chi Sun 
reporter. Wedding is skeded for June. . . .Dbttie McKnight, Trib reporter, 
has moved over to WGN publicity staff. :. .Alex Drier's flve-day-old daugh- 
ter died of a lung ailment al Henrotin hospital last Week. .. .Bill. Lang. 
WGN's chief engineer, in Washington last week for FMBI panel number ■ 
five meetings. . . .Ade Hult, new v.p. and general manager of. Mutual cen- 
tral division, still on a hunt for radio director to head up production in' 
the midwest. . > 

Ed Prentiss has succeeded Bob Murphy as announcer on Quiz Kids show ■ 
but will only do shows emanating from Chi or overnight jumps out of . 
here due to his previous. Generals Mills hour announcing chore. Network 

staffers will handle all broadcasts from distant points Don Roberts 

slowly going mad trying to find a couple of network salesmen Herb 

Graffis, Times columnist,, will be sponsored Ave times weekly over .WIND 
starting Marc h 12. Sponsor Is the Schenley Co,, for DuBonnct Wines.... 
Bob' Buckley, champion skier, sprained both ankles last week trying to 
take off from a 100-foot jump. 

Roland Butterfleld, who has been on the Jack Armstrong show for a 
year and a half, will be inducted into the Army March 9. ...Shirley Mc- 
Kinney, Blue receptionist, disclosed the fact this week that she had mar- 
ried David Moore, former trade paper rep, who takes over shortly as 
publicity boss of KMOX, St. Louis. .. .Myrtle Wright, former secretary to 
Frank Ferrin, temporarily back on the job pinch hitting for her former 
boss while he takes in several weeks of California sunshine. ;Hal Totten, . 
veteran sportscaster launched a new series of programs oyer WAIT March 
.Francis Farmer Wilder, CBS consultant on daytime radio, currently 



in town presenting data.... Jim Connelly of Blue Network's New York 
station relations staff has been appointed manager of the net's central 
division station relations department. ., .Two more radio directors' jobs in 

ad agencies expected to be open in the next 30 days Irv. Kupcinet, Chi 

Times columnist, dickering lor a local chatter column of the air similar 
to the Sunday night Nate Gros* WBBM show. ' 



Wednesday, March T, 1941 



United Nations 'Frisco Conference 
Top Special-Events job For Radio 



Radio it planning ona of the most-f 
comprehensive special events Jobs In 

history In connection with the 
United Nations Conference which is 
(o open at San Francisco on April 28. 

Both the domestic- networks and 
the Government ageholes concerned 
w ith short-wave operations are 
•kedded to go all out on the big 
world security show. 

Space and facilities are being 
worked out by State Dept. public in- 
formation units In Washington and 
Frisco. The four network news bu- 
reaus have formed a committee to 
work as liaison with the Slate Dept., 
end have chosen William Pabst, man- 
ager of KFRC, San Francisco Don 
Lee-Mutual outlet, as chief radio co- 
ordinator. 

First of the networks to announce 
its plans is CBS. Director of news 
broadcasts, Paul White, will send top 
New York and 'Washington news 
commentators to the Const, including 
Bob Trout, William L. Shirer. Major 
George Field Eliot and Bill Henry. 

Everett Holies, CBS assistant di- 
rector of news broadcasts, will qo 
from N. V. to take charge of the 
Frisco operations during the confer- 
ence, and will be assisted by two 
men from the Coast, Philip Wobdy- 
att and Fox Case. Latter is special 
features and public events director 
©f.KNX, Hollywood. Reporters for 



Dairy Renews Musical 
For Year Over WMAQ 

Chicago, March 6. 
"Musical Milkwagon," the . Bow- 
man Dairy show heard over WON 
for the' past two years, moves to the 
11:30-12 noon' (CWT) WMAQ slot, 
five-times weekly on March 19. 
Contract is for 52 weeks and went 
through J. Walter Thompson. 

Skip Farrell has been retained as 
featured singer and show will con- 
tinue with practically the. same 
format. However, several talent 
changes are contemplated. There's 
a possibility that the Cadets, sing- 
ing quartette, and Charles Irving, 
current emcee, may not be able to 
emain due to conflicting commit- 
ments. Musical combination will be 
enlarged with Lou Jakobsoh con- 
tinuing as producer. 



RADIO 



at 



Wiring's Newspaper Tieup 

Fred Waring, in search of a new 

Rl singer for hit Thursday night 
u« network show, Is mulling a 
tla-up with newspapers around the 
country, with possibility that the 
Donna Dae successor may emerge 
from a contest. 

Miss Dae recently left the Waring 
outfit 



Washington — Tony Parrish has 
been added to announcing staff of 
WTOP. He comes here from WTAR, 
Norfolk, where he handled special 
vent assignments. 



Granik's Scoop 

Mutuals "American Forum of 
the Air" has sewed up one of 
Juiciest special events to origin- 
ale but of San Francisco In con- 
nection with the United Nations 
world security conference, which 
opens April 25. 

Night prior to confab's open- 
ing, Moderator Theodore Granik 
will put on the air four lead- 
ing members of the U. S. 
delegation. Quartet will be Sen- 
ator Tom Coiinally of Texas, 
chairman of the Senate Foreign 
Relations Committee: Repre- 
sentative Sol Bloom, chairman of 
the House Foreign Relations 
Committee; Commander Harold 
Stassen, former Governor of 
Minnesota, and Senator Arthur 
H. Vandenberg, of Michigan. 



CBS will include Harry Flannery, 
Chet Huntley, Nelson Pringle, Wal- 
lace Sterling, Don Mozley, William 
Eilers and Grant Holcombe. 

On the technical side, CBS will 
use engineering staff of San Fran 
Cisco's KQW, along with' Les Bow- 
man and John Quinn from Holly- 
wood. 

Mutual's plans, as announced so 
far by news division manager John 
Whllmore, are to send to the Coast 
Gabriel Heatter, Upton Close. Alex- 
ander Griffin (Phila.), Leo Cherne, 
and Arthur Gaeth. In addition, as 
pre-conference preparation of the 
American radio public, MBS plans 
to nave all its talk shows between 
now and April 25 include various ex- 
perts who will discuss the United 
Nations conference and America's 
part in it. 

Blue and NBC are still keeping 
detailed plans under wraps. NBC's 
details were held up pending re 
turn of News and Special Events 
Director William F. Brooks, who go 
back only last weekend from a five 
week visit to the European war 
theatre. 

OWI, BBC, CIAA Plans 

Most ambitious of the plans for 
coverage, however, are being made 
by the various government agencies, 
OWI Overseas Branch, BBC, and 
Coordinator of Intcr-American 
.Affairs. 

OWI Overseas special events sec 
t'on, under Stanley H. Silverman 
'Continued on page 41) 




Servel Is Dropping 
Billie Burke Show 



Board of directors of Servel, Inc., 
met last week and decided, in view 
of wartime priorities and inability 
to manufacture refrigerators, to 
scram out ot the radio picture and is 
giving up sponsorship of the Satur- 
day morning Billie Burke show on 
CBS. Servel, which has been bank- 
rolling the show, on behalf of a num- 
ber of gas companies, is bowing out 
at the end of March. 

BBD&O agency, now handling the 
show for the Servel account, lias 
other prospects in view and it's 
possible Miss Burke will have a new 
sponsor by the end of the week. 
Show's a cinch to stay, on sustaining, 
In the event no sale Is arranged, 
provided CBS and Miss Burke can 
gel together on the question of 
moola. 



'Right of Privacy' Looms As Legal 
Video Headache, Especially in N. Y. 



Added to all the other headaches 
of a technical and trade nature that 
are worrying television, there is one 
possible legal snarl that may in- 
volve video entrepreneurs, and 
lawyers are already watching that 
angle. It's the danger of television 
violating "right of privacy" by 
showing people without their writ- 
ten consent. 

In New York Stale, where much 
of the future television is likely , to 
originate for network purposes, and 
where at any rate much of. it will be 
seen when video really gets going, 
there is a very strict law protecting 
a person's "right of privacy." The 
law is part of the stale's Civil Rights 
Act. 

Other states, besides New York, 
have similar laws on the statute 
books, but none as strict as the 
binder, in New York. Here, the 
violator of the law Is liable not only 
to a damage suit, but also to criminal 
prosecution.- The law Is very clear. 
It prohibits anyone from using the 
"name, portrait or picture" of an- 
other person tor trade or advertising 
purposes without the written con- 



sent of the person so named or 
shown. 

The law exempts newspapers or 
other media using such names or 
pix without permission in the proc- 
ess of making "fair comment." But 
there have been enough court de- 
cisions to show that the exemption 
would never operate in favor of a 
sponsored video show — where the 
purpose' could easily be identified as 
trade or advertising. There is even 
doubt among those legal brains who 
have looked inlo the matter whether 
experimental televisers could get 
away with showing faces of people 
who had not given written consent. 
Such people could claim that the ex- 
periments being conducted are for 
trade purposes. 

Newsreel companies have long 
been aware of the law, and are al- 
ways careful — when showing crowd 
scenes— to pan their shots. But if 
video were to turn its cameras on a 
prize fight or baseball game — to use 
two examples of the kind of shows 
usually sponsored commercially by 
present-day radio — anyone in the 
ring or diamond crowd could . sue 
the sponsors or televisers if his face 
showed. If the "victim" were a 
minor, the minor's parents could 
have cause for action. 



M-G-M's "Mm iIc fo r Millions" 

N«» C-VMKI, IMUHiltVM FrlilllT 
10 p.m.. KMT 



Mil.. LOU CLAYTON 




Uncertainty <e»vef$be 'pqstwaf *55tirs<H 
of : Televisl6nJ>at^ 
the recent decision 10 tthe federal 
Communi«tions"G)rnniIssion.iA great? 
!hew medium/now waits only for the 
green light of Victory. 

Alert advertisers and advertising 
'agencies are exploring Television's 
?rnass sales potential now through ex- 
r perimental commercial programs... 
(are acquiring skill, subtlety and show- 
manship in the use of visual appeals to 
small home groups. 



AUEN t. DuMONT LABORATORIES, INC., GENERAL 
OfHCES AND PIANT, 2 MAIN AVENUE, PASSAIC, 
NEW JERSEY. TE1EVISION STUDIOS AND STATION 
WABD, 311 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 32, N. Y. 



Jof gfe* ^atf two yeari, DuMorit'% 
pio&Hf fftljt£lsfr& Itatibn, WABD 
m# Yorfeta 1" faaHtles. 
and experience 'without : charge. Ex-- 
|«r imentatlon today, In consequence, Is 
inexpensive*, After the war, rate cards 
<as well as charges tor rehearsal periods 
'will be trie-usual thing. While Tele- 
Vision mark* time, you have aoncean- 
a-Iifetime. opportunity. 

A visit (o WABD is an exTellenl 
beginning; Write our Guest Relations 
Department for an appointment. 

Cepyilaht 1943, Alltn I. DuMonl IcborolorUi, 'fifty 








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SEPTEMBER 27/ 1938 

Pepsodent launched a new program 
on 55 NBC stations, coast to coast. 
The star was Bob Hope, a personable 
young entertainer with a solid background 
of stage and radio experience, 

OCTOBER II, 1938 

The new Bob Hope Show received 
an opening Hooper Rating of 13.3— 
not bad for a new star in a new program, 

AUDIENCI-1938 

During his first season on the air. 
Bob Hope reached an estimated weekly 
audience of 3,000,000 families. 



^The moral of these figures is that Hope 
grew up on NBC. In six short years — 
all under the astute sponsorship of the 
Pepsodent Company — Hope grew from 
a moderately well-known performer to 



one of the world's greatest entertainers 
and favorite personality of millions. 
Here is striking proof that good pro- 
grams have a better chance of catching 
on and becoming great programs when 



> 



Wednesday, March T, 1945 



If 



The Story of Bob Hope) 



NO. 1 OF A SERIES 




Six years later . . ■ 



Bob Hope is heard on 126 NBC stations, 
coast to coast, Maine to Mexico, 
and short-waved to American troops 
all over the world. 

FEBRUARY 19, 1944 

The Bob Hope Program hit an all-time 
peak Hooper rating of 40.9 — 
the highest Hooper rating ever, 
earned by a half-hour program. 

OCTOBER, 1944-JANUARY, 1945 

Bob Hope earned an average rating 
of 31.0— the highest Hooper-rated 
program on the air. 

AUDIENCE- 194 5 

Today, Bob Hope reaches an estimated 

.i 

weekly audience of 11,000,000 families. 



they are heard on NBC A man is known 
by the company he keeps. NBC gives 
its programs the best in radio: the finest 
network facilities — identification with 
the greatest shows on the air— and the 



greatest listening audience in the world. 

It stands to reason that a good show, 
given these NBC facilities and associa- 
tion, has every chance to grow into a 
great show— an NBC show. 



National Broadcasting Company 



America's No. 1 Network 




A SorvUo of Radio 
Corporation of Anorico 



RADIO REVIEWS 



Wednesday, March 7, I945 



"THE JERRY WAYNE SHOW" 
With Jerry Wayne, Dan Seymour, 

Jeff Alexander Orch and Chorus, 

Carole Landls. Benny Goodman. 

Hope Emerson, Lorna Lynn, Craig; 

McDonnell 
producer-Director: Robert Weenolsen 
Wi iier: Martin Stern 
3e Mills.; Mon., 9 p.m. 
BORDEN'S MII.K 
W.IZ-Blur. N.'Y. 

(Yoiiiio & RiibicflDi > 
It would have b?cri nice to say that 
for Jerry Wayne's first biglinic at- 
tempt at a show all his- own that he 
• bolTed 'em. But though Wayne evi- 
denced an assuredness and ability to 
emeee a variety show, the initiulcr 
of this new series didn't quite conic 
off. 

The premiere suggested carctLil 
preparation bin its faults , lay. mainly. 
In the script and. secondly, the di- 
rection. Why. one commercial, mid- 
wav. actually took four ■ minutes! 
Timed, mind yon. by America's most 
honored watch! And two name, 
gucstars in the first 12 . minutes! 
Thai's another Ripley, in radio pro- 
gramming: 

The formal includes two name 
guests each week, and on the first 
show they were film star Carole Lan- 
dis. now'appcaring on Broadway in 
the legit musical. "The Lady Says 
Yes," and the virtuoso of the clarinet. 
Benny Goodman, who. too. doubled 
from a Gotham musical. "Seven 
Lively Arts." Neither of the guests 
seemed to have much to do. though 
' Miss Landis contributed a pleasing 



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rendition of "It Had to Be You," and 
Goodman jammed off a couple on the 
licorice stick. The attempt at chat- 
ter by Ihe pair was most significant 
by its brevity. 

Three bovine characters were 
woven into the script in puerile man- 
ner, being a part of the midway com- 
mercial bv Dan Seymour. It smacked 
simewhai of the preceding Borden's 
show in which Wayne was a featured 
singer and Ed Wynn the star. 

The show stacked up best in the 
musical department, with Wayne do- 
inu a neat job on the vocals, in addi- 
tion to his emcccing. while Jeff Alex- 
ander's orch and chorus were tiptop. 
Alexander's musical background was 
parlicularlv notable.. Kn/ni. 



"WORTH REMEMBERING"' 

With Rex Maitnlu's Orcli. Knnlo 

BolOA'iiiiii, Virginia Card and Earl 

Covert (guest stars) 
Producer: Cliff Peterson 
Writer: Chris Ford 
30 Mlns.: Sun., 9:30 p.m. 
CENTRAL REPUBLIC CO. 
WENR, Chicago 

(Wnllnce-Ferry.Haiily) 

Aimed toward making the listener 
investment conscious, this program 
would be more effective toward 
weaning a few dollars from the 
public in the purchase of stocks 
and bonds if less time was con- 
sumed bv the guest speaker. For- 
mat calls' for the weekly appearance 
or a prominent business man or in- 
dustrialist for comments on eco- 
nomic subjects. Preem had Aubrey 
H. Mcllinger. prexy of the Illinois 
Bell Telephone Co., talk on post- 
telephone biz who said that capital 
for expansion would have to come 
from the "public. Direct pitch for 
this capital was made in tlie com- 
mercial that followed and com- 
bined there was a little too much 
lalk for one spot. , . 

From an entertainment standpoint 
it is good listening. Directing a 
10-piece all-string ensemble. Rex 
Maupin, got some beautiful tonal 
effects in the rendition of "Blue 
Moon," "What Is This Thing Called 
Love," and "Tlco Tico" and Ennio 
Bolognini's masterful cellping of 
"Guitarre" by Moskowski, was out- 
standing. Sponsor would do well to 
give Bolognini two 9pots on the pro- 
gram. Earl Coverl arid Virginia 
Card, leads in "Blossom Time," play- 
ing in Chicago, were .the guest stars 
on the opening show; Covert's virile 
baritone was heard in "Without a 
Song" and Virginia Card did "Lovely 
to Look At," with both teaming for 
the "Song of Love." 

Cliff Peterson did a suitable pro 
duction job. Only other commercial, 
besides the one that followed the 
speaker, was a briefie near the end 
Aforg. 




«THE CAIAAHANS" radio comedy se- 
ries, originated, written, and directed by Fritz 
Blocki, has just been sold to Columbia Pictures. 
This is the first time a radio comedy series has 
been sold direct to Hollywood, after a brief local 
radio tryout, not only for one picture, but for a 
series of feature pictures with options for five 
years. . 




is thus proved to be one of the greatest long run 
comedy series for movies AND RADIO. 

«THK CAIXAIIANS- is another in the 
long list of successes pioneered by Fritz Blocki, 
either as writer, director, or both, in ten years of 
outstanding network radio. It is a fitting mile- 
stone in the' first year of operation as an inde- 
pendent writer-producer. 

For further details about radio rights for this ex- 
ceptional movie and radio property, contact: 

THE WM. MORRIS AGENCY 



FRITZ BLOCKI 

WrHer— Produf «t— IMrret or 

420'Mndlson Avenue, IV. Y. C 
PLaza 0-6180 



"Rodger Young" 

Last Friday's (2) "Stage Door 
Canteen" show was tied in with 
the third anniversary, of the 
American Theatre Wing's N. Y. 
Canteen and was built around a 
dramatization of the career of 
Pvt. Rodger Young, the in- 
fantryman of the 37th Division 
who lost his life in the Paciflo 
campaign. The entire episode 
was backgrounded by the new 
ballad written by Pfc. Frank 
Loesser, titled, in memory of the 
Tiffin, O.. kid and which is get- 
ting a buildup in the ' hopes of .. 
making it the official Infantry 
sons of the. war. Willi Claude 
rtains doing an effective narra- 
tion, job and - with, a splendid 
choral and solo assist, the entire 
episode packed a terrific emo- 
tional wallop. 

'."esscr has written a ballad 
th '■■ at once hymnal and mili- 
tn. " in character: it's a simple 
refrain that grows with each re- 
peal and was developed through 
a :;e:-ies of reprises on the "Can- 
teen" show until it achieved a 
climactic power that left a. sus- 
tained ring. This was one of the 
ton, "Canteen" air shows to date, 
.with the song as the "star." And 
henceforth that "Rodger Young" 
song should be integrated into 
the Weekly "Canteen" format. 

Rose. 



REPORT TO STOCKHOLDERS" 
(N. J. Red Cross War Fund Show) 
With Earl Wilson, Drew Pearson, 
Gloria Jean, Tommy Dorsey. Paula 
Kelly & Modernaires. Fred Sayles. 
Johnny Morgan, Mills Bros., Mo- 
nica Boyar, Paul Brenner, BUI Dar- 
nell, Three Suns, Phil Brlto, Elton 
Brllt and Louis Prima; Nat Brusl- 
loff, Gus Steck orchs 
Writer-Director: Lee Stewart 
Producer: Jerry Roberts 
Special Material: Dale Kennedy, Sgl. 

Rov LaPlante 
J 20 Mlns.; Wed., 8 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WAAT, Newark 

This energetic Newark station 
really stepped up Into big time last 
Wednesday- (28). through the patriotic 
device of. launching New Jersey's 
Red Cross campaign of 1943. Cer- 
tainly, independent radio stations and 
networks have been giving Red Cross 
programs and other war shows. But 
this well-knit one added distinct 
height to WAAT. In fact, it was a 
well-routined broadcast worthy of 
many net endeavors. Program showed 
nice balauce between entertainment, 
deft plug or glossing for the Red 
Cross and dramatic bits or factual 
material. Lee Stewart, who's been 
turning out some crack material at 
this station for several months, out- 
did himself in scripting and directing 
the two-hour stint while Jerry Rob- 
erts rates plaudits for his production 
job. 

Aside from the long string of show 
biz personalities plus a pertinent Red 
Cross message from Drew Pearson, 
broadcasting from Washington, there 
was a transcription covering New 
Jersey GI's from the European the- 
atre of operations, made in advance 
by BBC for this show. This special 
feature, done a la Ted Malone. gave 
the broadcast a terrific lift near the 
close. 

Program shoved off with Paul 
Brenner explaining it represented a 
report to the vast group of Red Cross 
stockholders. Fred Sayles. top-notch 
balladist at the station, then set the 
theme via singing of Irving Berlin's 
"Angels of Mercy." the refrain key- 
ing cut-ins from each spoken inter- 
lude. Then show switched to N. Y. 
for first half of. show where Manhat- 
tan studio audience sat in with Earl 
Wilson, doing m.c. chore. Turned in 
a hangup Job. Nat Brusiloff's orches- 
tra handled this portion in sock style. 

Long array of stars took in Tommy 
Dorsey, doing his trombone solo of 
"Getting Sentimental." theme of his 
band. Then there was Drew Pearson, 
with his report on the N. J. drive, 
and even a special prediction. And 
Anita Ellis. Paula Kelly and the 
Modernaires doing "I Didn't Know 
About You" and "Tabby the Cat." 
latter by Hal Dickinson, a member of 
outfit: the Three Suns. Monica Boyar 
and Phil Brilo. And Johnny Morgan 
with his familiar material. And Louis 
Prima's band and pop entertainers 
doing their standout numbers. And 
the Mills Bros, socking home their 
ace tunes. And Elton Brilt. 

Gloria Jean, who was slated to 
sing, appeared for a brief chat, but 
kept from singing by bronchitis. Gus 
Steck's station band handled the sec- 
ond half of show emanating mostly 
from Newark studios. 

This portion, included brief slatc- 
I nicnts from every type of Red Cross 
worker in Newark, being climaxed 
by a sketch from the Newark Armr 
\ Air Base with Sergeant Roy LaPlante 
| and his aides relating a typical inei- 
! dent of Red, Cross work done for ser- 
vicemen while they are thousands of 
miles from home, 

Program was given added tempo 
by Dill Darnell's solo, "Had a Talk 
With the Lord." Formerly with Bob 
Chester's and Red Nichols' orchs, 
Darnell is back from nearly four 
years' service in Africa and Italy. He 
encored with "Accentuate." JIaving 
a voice ideally suited for radio, he 
■ ha pes up as a find. Wear. 



EILEEN FAHBELL 

IS Mini.; Wed., «:»• ».m. 

Sustaining 

WABC-CBS, N. T. 

Eileen Farrell made her first pro- 
fessional appearance a little over 
three years ago as CBS "discovery," 
and has been on the air at various 
times with some- of the better shows 
like Texaco's "Star Theatre" and 
Coca-Cola's Sunday stanza. Last 
week (28), the soprano returned to 
the air after an absence of some 
three months with her own sus- 
lainer, carrying a 15-mlnute chore 
of quiet, pleasing songs, 

Miss Farrell has developed into a 
competent singer. If the program's 
intention is to provide dinner music, 
the kind that neither disturbs nor 
exhilarates too much, It probably 
fulfills the purpose. Her lyric voice 
doesn't excite the listener either 
through too great depth or over- 
lush expression; but it's a flexible 
enough voice, entirely suitable to the 
type of music selected for the preem. 
Oley Speaks' "Morning" was sung 
by Miss Farrell without ' too much 
feeling, but she came into her own 
with Father Owen McEnaney's "Ave 
Maria" — a moving and colorful piece 
to which she did full justice with- 
out over-emoting. Puccini's "Vissi 
d'artc" (from "Tosca") was done by 
Miss Farrell in approved concert- 
hall fashion. She was entirely at 
home with a Richard Strauss num- 
ber. Very good instrumental back- 
ing, was given the singer by the 
Columbia Concert Orchestra, con- 
ducted by Alfredo Antoninl. 



MANY A WATCHFUL NIGHT" 
With Katherltie Corded, Nell O'Mal- 
ley, Frank Butler, Lon Clark. Carl 
Eastman, Michael Fltislmmons, 
Tony Barrett, Bill Qulnn, Mark 
Warnow, conductor 
Narrator: John. Mason Brown 
Producer: Earle McGIII 
Adapter: Howard Tlshman 
30 Mlns.; Tues. (27), 11:30 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WABC-CBS, N. Y. 

With this one-shot, CBS launched 
its participation in the Red Cross 
War Fund drive. Certainly, the ob- 
jective is the worthiest. One wishes 
half as. much could be said for the 
show.. Unfortunately, a good cast of 
actors was put under a highly 
capable producer, . provided wltti 
good musical background— and all 
for a script that didn't Jell, narrated 
by a man who helped mightily to 
crimp the dramatization ot his own 
book. 

The show set out to dramatize 
John Mason Brown's book "Many a 
Watchful Night," based on his ex- 
periences in the Navy. As a lieuten- 
ant in the Navy, Brown • was re- 
ported to have done a top morale 
job. During the invasion of France 
last June, Brown was on the U.S.S. 
Augusta, where he broadcast to 
the ship's crew over the cruiser's 
intercom system, pulling all the men 
together Into one fine team. These 
are some of the things of whlA 
Brown wrote In his book. But as me 
stuff came to the air, it lacked 
punch and pull, finally faded down 
to a point where the actual invasion 
scene was anticllmactic. 



As for being a narrator, Brown 
might have learned something abqtii 
levels, instead of letting his volee 
jump from whisper to s'^out at tne 
most Inopportune moment. 

Harrlsburg — Staff Sgt. Edgar K. 
Smith, program director at WOT 
before Induction Into the Army, has 
received a certificate of commenda- 
tion for meritorious service while at- 
tached to the 3384th. Service Com- 
mand Unit at the nearby New Cum- 
berland Reception Center. 



"AIR EVACUATION HOSPITAL" 
Producer: Joe Gottlieb 
Announoer: Joe O'Brien 
Interviewer: Cpl, Rlohsrd Paek 
Iff Mlns.: Mob., 9:W P. M. 
Sustaining 
WMCA, N. Y. 

Real meaning of war and its al 
tendant responsibilities are brougti 
closer to home audiences throua 
such a program as WMCA's "Ai 
Evacuation Hospital." Consisting c 
interviews with wounded GIs mad 
only a day after their arrival by ai 
from Europe,' program has an im 
mediacy, a. force, brought about b 
contact with wounded heroes so sooi 
after their actual stay in batth 
Interviews are graphic, ad lib re 
citals of combat and how injurie 
were sustained, with an uninhibiteo 
easy maimer of telling from extro 
vertish. cocky young fighters. Mor 
such programs would bring homi 
front closer to the- battle front am 
rid us of complacency. 

WMCA sends a crew out' to hos 
pital at Mitchcl Field, L. I., to inter 
view wounded brought In by plane 
with recorded' interviews then editei 
down for the weekly IB-minute airei 
Monday (3) program was good ex 
ample pf typical effectiveness o 
program. Corp. Richard Pack, ex 
WOR p a., handles the interviews a 
the Held. Pack interviewed a tank 
man from Philadelphia whose taiil 
(Continued on page 38V 





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THROUGH 
PARTICIPATION 
IN COMMUNITY 
AGTIVITIM 



Nitltiil Itln RipifMMilUi • Pi 



Sorrjr Folkil Can't AhmI Any 
Aurienmenl* for Meat ThrM-Mo«th« 




DON DOUOLAf 

. (O* to XraUo ou a 
Baddl* Tramping Trip) 




'Well, If you must know-I didn't eat my Wheatles!" 



Fencing yourself in by ignoring 
breakfast? That's bad. Es|>ccially since 
breakfast can be so beautiful, it can 
include big bowls of milk, fruit and 



The Cereal . . . crisp-toasted whole 
wheat flakes, rich and malty-swect. 
Dffiniltlv, Wheaiies; "Breakfast of 
Champions" bre stfond-helping iaoi. 



W«ln<s«lay, Wurch 7, 1945 



VARIETY 



RADIO 



IT 



inside Stuff-Radio 

Chifiii'.o Tribune, after joining Wcslbrook Pegler in his "crusdde" against 
William S. Gailmor and the Blue network not long ego, seems to have 
readied a decision iq attack the Blue alone, since Gailmor himself is only 
heard on WJZ. the web's N. Y. outlet. 

Latest outburst against the network occurred Feb. 20 when, in an 
editorial lacing Sec. of War Henry Stimson, Col. McCormick's publication 
said— and "Variety" quotes— "Our ancient secretary of war raised his voice 
Sunday eyeninfi on the Blue network, which no respectable man in hLs 
riy.ht mind • would condescend to use, on behalf of the legislation which 
seeks lo impose slavery on labor arid' industrial management In. the United 
Slates." ''; 

Editorial is entitled, ."An Incompetent Indicts the Competent." The Blue 
is letting it go at that. 



•.That all is not going too well with the Danny Kaye show is indicated 
by the indusion of Music Corp. in the setup as "expert advisor" for a full 
agency cut of lO'.J-. Talent or package brokerage was eliminated, at the 
oulsoj of the Pabst-Kaye deal when Lou Mandel, attorney for the comic, 
completed the transaction with Paul Warwick (& Legler) and Ed Morris, 
v.p. <>f the Pabst outdt. In its capacity as advisor, MCA will have Hal 
Hackctt keep close tabs on (he show and make his suggestions for its im- 
piovement. Kaye, owner of the package, called in MCA when, it is under- 
stood, the brewer complained of the rating. Pabst is paying $16,000 weekly 
for the .'program.'.' Kaye is .handled for pictures by the William Morris- 
agency. 



WJNO, West Palm Beach, utilized the recent moving of its quarters- for 
a neat exploitation stunt. Broadcasting a re-dedication program from its 
newly-remodeled studios at 1500 N. Flagler drive, station dramatized the 
events leading to the move, as well as the actual move, thus letting its 
audience in on what goes on inside a station. , 

Station's change of quarters was occasioned when the War Dept: 
adjudged WJNO's tower a flying hazard to Morrison Field and ordered 
Its removal. 



Switcheroo Ups WOR 
Quizeroo to MBS Web 

In line with Mutual's new policy 
of "network above all," another local 
program, which achieved a high rat- 
ing, goes full network shortly. 

Stanza is WORs "The Better Half," 
audience quizeroo with Tiny Ruffner 
as m.c, which will fill the MBS Mon* 
day, 9:30 lo 10 p.m. niche starting in 
April. Program now is heard Wed- 
nesdays at 8:30 p.m., sustaining, same 
basis it shifts over to the network: 

Phil Carlln, Mutual programs v.p., 
impressed with high rating stanza 
garnered in N. Y., is augmenting the 
program with larger prizes, etc., for 
the network origination. 



Des Moines— A new. novelty show, 
•Stump Us Gals" a 15-miriute musi- 
cal has been opened during the noon 
hour on KRNT. Organist Dayse 
Mae Gaylord and Sue Smith pianist, 
play tunes requested by listeners 
•nd send theatre tickets to listeners 
suggesting songs they can't remem- 
ber. : 



Ball Lake City— The Wasatch Oil 
Co. hai begun sponsorship of a Sun- 
day evening half-hour for a 52- week 
run: Called "Tht Wasatch Show," 

the program features show tunes of 
tha Victor Herbert and Sigmund 
Romberg type. Account was placed 
by Ad-Craftman of Salt Lake. 



DIANE COURTNEY OFF 
ALAN YOUNG PROGRAM 

With Doherty, Clifford & Shenfleld 
slated to take over the Alan Young 
show from Young & Rubicam for 
Bristol-Myers, April 3, first member 
of the cast among . the regulars of 
I the program to get the .axe is song- 
1 stress Diane ' Courtney, who leaves 
after the stanza of March 27. 

Young show, heard Tuesdays at 
8:30 p.m. on the Blue, has been a 
"hot and cold" stint for several 
months. Frank Cooper,, who owns 
the Young package, blames unsatis- 
factory laugh returns on the incon- 
sistent material, the comedian has 
been handed, and reportedly will 
permit the comic to write his own 
material for the coming summer 
cycle, dropping the present writing 
staff. 



NAB Can't Agree With N. Y. Indie 
On Objections to BMB Methods 



Following, a two-day wssion last 
week in' Washington, -the National 
Assn. of Broadcaster! Research Com- 
mittee answered in a five-page let- 
ter the 50-page documented recom- 
mendations by WNEW, N. Y.. for 
NAB's coverage plan,.. which will be 
undertaken by the newly-formed 
Broadcast Measurement Bureau. 

The NAB answer deals with a two- 
page letter listing, six steps which 
WNEW "would want to be consid- 
ered before becoming a BMB sub- 
scribing member." Point one of the 
outlet's letter staled that since there 
were weaknesses in the BMB plan 
which are pertinent only to inde- 
pendent and small stations . "there 
might be a permanent sub-committee 
of the BMB's research unit, to repre- 
sent them." NAB replied that it is 
"designed to measure all stations on 
an equitable basis, whether network, 
independent, large or small. .. with 
this structure, the interests of. the 
indie and small stations are pro- 
tected." 

Measuring Families 

Point two. which asks for a clear- 
cut statement by BMB of what the 
bureau is measuring is answered by 
"the total, number of radio families 
who listen to the station.':!" Point 
three brought up by WNEW declares 
there is a "definite bias" by setting a 
minimum figure of 50% returns from 
all families, since larger income 
groups will be over-represented. 
The BMB reply states that "a mini- 
mum return of 50'i> from any county 
(or city) must be secured before re- 
sults are tabulated." 

WNEW. «in its fourth point, says. 



"It ia doubtful if written instruction! 
will be clear lo all groups, witSi 
BMB answering that experience has 
shown no difficulty with its tech- 
nique of balloting. Point Ave by the 
indie asking BMB to include a list 
of stations in the ballot is declared 
"not workable" by BMB, while a 
committee conclusion of WNEW'a 
sixth a,nd final point denied that 
"audience of certain programs ex- 
ceeds the total circulation of the sta- 
tion." ' 

In answer to the reply from the 
NAB. WNEW stated that it was 
never the intention "to supply an 
argument against the BMB plan. Ex- 
ceptions to the method of BMB in- 
tends to employ are a prime factor." 

"Analysis of the WNEW survey by 
competent and impartial research 
authorities will determine its- im- 
portance lo. those stations which, 
while in accord with the plan, must 
take cognizance of. its potential 
shortcomings." • WNEW said. 



Another Minn. Strike? 

Minneapolis, March 0. 

Operators" union has served de- 
mand on WDGY here for employ- 
ment of control operators. Ulti- 
matum states that the demand must 
be met in five days from time of 
service on penalty of calling a strike 
against the station. . 

Hitherto, the station, wtuVfi uses 
recordings for the most part, has had 
its controls handled by its announc- 
ers direct from transmitters. 




That pow«r-full station 

Member of tha Mutual 
Brpadcatting Syitem 



SB RADIO 



Wednesday, March 7, 1.945 



Radio Reviews 



Continued from page 36 , 



was hit. and himself blinded, by a 
shell on Christmas eve in Belgium: 
an infantryman from. Brooklyn whit 
whs. shot by an 88': a paratrooper 
fronS Indiana wounded by. artillery 
crossfire. Details of battle and of 



dailies, with Dick Bell giving capsule 
lakes on the content, crediting ori-. 
Kin. a n'd in controversial issues giv- 
ing the other stance commentary as 
well. 

Monday's rsr sla-nza pointed Aip 



wounds were exciting and moving, comment' on Nazi propaganda to the 
giving a. personal touch to the vnsi: I vonlh of Germany, as againsl demo- 
impersonal struggle overseas. Non- j cralic principles promulgated to 'the 



chalanl manner GIs threw off their 
glories and exploits was also grip- 
ping and effective'. Broii. 



youth ot America and other free 
thinkim; countries. Also discussion 
On postwar military training, among 
other timely subjects. 

«'tiif ftvrwn iv xiii.- wak" Program has plenty ;of into of in- 

Tllfc NEGRO IN Tilt WAR Uwsl sl , 1K iwichcd . ■ inlo. the brief 

With Max Johnson, Randy Dixon. sjanza and should build listener in- 

Klelrher Martin Merest as it goes along, i'dbn. 

15 Mins.: Frl. (2) 7:15 p.nv (one shot) ; - — : 

Sustaining- j "WAY BACK WHEN" 

W ABC-C BS, N. Y. i With Jess Kirkpatrick 

Work of the Negro in (he war • Producer: Fred l,evin|« 
effort is so apparent to the observant. ! Writer: Hill Fisher 
th.it it really doesn't need signalizing ! 15 Mlns.: Tues.. 8:15 p.m. (C'WT) 
in special programs, But an airer j CHICAGO TIRK MARKET 
like "The Negro in This War." given WON. Cltlcaifo 



as a special broadcast over CBS Fri- 
day 1 2 1'. was still eminently worth- 
while. Not necessarily because it 
showed the Negro as a brave lighter 
and patriot. Buf because it showed 
the Negro going about his business 
oi (lying planes and building air- 
strips, and the Negro, doing his job 
of reporter and war correspondent, 
and in every way being a normal 
part of the democratic makeup in 
these trying times instead of a crea- 
ture apart. As General Mac-Arthur 
said in his cabled message. "There 
is no differentiation because of color 
among the soldiers of my command." 

Program itself wasn't completely 
successful, report of one of the over- 
seas Negro correspondents, that of 
Max Johnson pf the Baltimore Afro- 
American, speaking from Rome, be- 
ing blurred and unintelligible. Randy 
Dixon of the Pittsburgh Courier, re- 
porting from Paris, came in clearly, 
to describe work of Negro soldiers on 
western ' front and behind lines. 
"They've learned one thing.'.' he said; 
•there's no place like home and no 
place like America." Fletcher Mar- 
tin, of Louisville-Defender, speaking 
from Godman Field. Ky., described 
the work of the 477th Squadron at 
that base, the first and only Negro 
bombardment group in the Air Force. 
Broadcast marked the 118th anril of 
the establishment of the Negro press 
in America, and part of "National 
Negro Newspaper Week.". Bron. 



"WE SEE BY THE PAPERS" 

With Dick Bell 

15 Mins.; 3 p.m., Mon. to Frl. 

Sustaining 

W'LIB, N. Y. 

This stanza is a news digest culled 
from items and editorials in N. Y. 



(ifolii-rl Knliij Assooiii(es) 
Alt hough a recorded program (with 
live commentary and continuity) this 
stint has more appeal and entertain- 
ment value than many a 15-minule 
live shot. Show is built around orig- 
inal recordings of famous old-time 
stage personalities and tied up with 
recollections, by Jess Kirkpatrick. of 
events, fads- and fancies when those 
stars were in their prime, it stands 
out for its nostalgic charm of bygone 
days. . ' ' .' . 

Opening program (27) teed off 
with Sophie Tucker's 1911 waxing of 
"Some of These Days" backed by the 
original Ted Lewis Orchestra; fol- 
lowed with Maurice Chevalier doing 
"It s a Habit, of Mine" from his 1629 
film. "Innocents in Paris," and wound 
up with the Helen Morgan disc, 
"Why Was I Born?" adding up to a 
swell trip down memory lane. Sub- 
sequent programs will feature re- 
cordings of Irene Bordoni. Moran and 
Mack. Bert Williams, Weber . and 
Fields and other favorites of the good 
old days. 

Discs were neatly, tied by Bill 
Fisher's continuity with comments 
delivered by Jess Kirkpatrick in his 
usual excellent manner. Two com- 
mercials, one after the first number 
and another at the end of the show, 
were short and crisp. Morg. .'■■ 



Des. Moines.— Betty Wells, director 
of Women's Affairs for KRNT, was 
one of seven women invited to take 
part in a discussion group, "A Career 
Conference for Women" sponsored 
by the Associated Women. Students 
of the Univ. of Missouri. March. 1 
and 2. Title of the conference was 
"Women Wanted.'" 



NBC Polls Televiewers 
To Find Out If Fight 
Shows Have Any Sock 

Everyone seems to lake it for 
granted- that televised porting bonis 
are going to be like money in, (he 
bank for '.sponsors and. .telecaslers 
oitee the medium attains its full 
growth, but NBC is adopting a Mis- 
souri attitude and wants 16 be shown. 

Known owners of video receivers 
in WNBT's New York area were 
mailed this week a comprehensive 
questionnaire dealing with the out- 
let's current series of punchfest tele- 
casts from Madison Square Garden 
and the SI. Nicholas arena. Gillette 
Razor of Boston sponsors the pro- 
grams; " 

Questions deal wilh number of 
viewers per receiver, whether set is 
located in the home or a public place 
(tavern, restaurant, clcA frequency 
wilh which boxing bout.t are tuned 
in, whether commercials have im- 
pact and whether work of the an- 
nouncers, Steve Ellis. Bob. Stanton 
and Bill Coruih meets with viewer 
approval; 

Not stated ' bitt 'the. questionnaires 
obviously are being distributed in an 
effort to place some sort of value on 
the rights to televise professional 
boxing bouts in N. Y. and the web 
undoubtedly will use the info when 
drawing up its television rate card 
when commercial video starts pop- 
ping- . 



Television Review 



"ON STAGE, EVERYBODY" 
(Blue Network) 

With Jlmmv McColl, Hlldegarde 
. Halliday, Cyril Smith, Pearl Pri- 
mus and dancers, Danton Walker, 
Billy Rose and Walter Herllhy 
Supervisor: Paul Mowrey 
Director: Harvey Marlowe 
Associates: Cyril Ambrlsler, Martin 

Andrews 
Writer: Charles Speer 
30 Mlns.; Tues., 9 p.m. 
WABD-DuMonl, N. V. 

While the Blue network inaugural 
show on DuMonfs WABD, N. Y., last 
Tuesday (27) was one of the better 
productions to be videoed on that out- 
let in months, it lacked the entertain- 
ment values, clarity, direction and 
evenness of pace of the web's first try 
at television the previous Sunday on 
GE's WRGB in Schenectady. 

Fault apparently not only lay with 
the piloting of tHe stanza by Harvey 
Marlowe, but in the operation ot the 
cameras, microphones, lights, etc,, by 
the technicians at DuMont. as well as 



the fact that the newest, and largest, 
studio recently completed la poorly 
laid out, lacking proper. room t for 
placing of a decently-sized set, and 
hampering the movements of tech- 
nicians. 

' Show opened with a oute gimmick 
i— a theatre marquee, lights blinking 
on and oft', with a placard moving 
along naming the cast. However, the 
names were printed in script, but 
block letters should have been used 
to give the billings greater clarity. 
Introduction by Blue announcer Wal- 
ter Herlihy explained that "On 
Stage" is a Blue web radio .show 
searching for talented youngsters. 
Danloii Walker and Billy Rose 
gabbed briefly before bringing on the 
Itrst act. Jlniniy McColl, impression- 
ist, recently discharged, from the 
Army where he appeared ill both the 
stage and screen versions of "This Is 
the Army." McColl did. a takeoff of 
an Italian radio station . announce? 
imitating Herbert Marshall, Henry 
Stephenson and Charles Boyer doing 
a commercial. He has a nice act, but 
at start ot. his stint, lack of mike co- 
ordination with sound made him in-: 
audible for several seconds. Not his 
fault. 

Rose, in discussing television with 
Walker, slated that "video will put 
radio out of business, but will not 
hurt theatre attendance." Hildegarde 
Halliday's chore anent a gal silling 
hair curlers In a 10-cenl store fell flat 
on its face. Didn't draw a laugh 
throughout, the entire five or six min- 
utes. But Cyril Smith pepped things 
up with his mugging and comical dis- 
course about the parents of the small 
boy who was swallowed by a lion. 
' Walker and Rose, while the acts 
were being televised, sat with the 
studio audience, who were picked up 
by the cameras after each act. This 
was a olever move, since, live music 
could not be used between times due 
to AFM ban. Show could have used 
that musical shot-in-thc-arm through- 
out. Pearl Primus and her dancers 
paced their chore oh the rhythmic 
beat of tom-toms. This part of the 
program was Its highlight. Miss Pri- 
mus aha her crew were on television 
beforeT but never without musical 
background. However, they didn't 
suffer by lack of music, but rather 
by shortcomings of the DuMont video 
crew in televising their dances. 

Setting was the same throughout, 
backdrop of palms being substantial 
for all acts, but especially appropri- 
_te for chore by Miss Primus. Ac- 
cording to many video directors, Du 
Mont toppers do not permit them to 
speak directly to technical crews 
when piloting a show. They give 
their orders to . a DuMont technical 
director, who in turn passes them on 
to technicians. Entire- procedure 
takes time and results in niany poor 
shots being passed -ovei-. Steu. 



This is Helen Hayes 

The return of Helen Hayes lo radio is an important event. Her uso 
of this network's slage door ik most gratifying to us, and already 
her effect upon critics is truly exciting. Witness these reactions... 

VARIETY' LAPSES INTO STRAIGHT ENCLISHI 

' stepping into the new Mutual series, Miss Hayes 

has automatically Itecome the First Actress of radio.** 

and 

WINCHELt; COINS A UNIQUE SPKICCH-FICUREt 

"Helen Hayes' new Mutual dramatic series proves again 
that when Helen -rubs a script with her talent the spell- 
binding magic of fine drama appears." 

We join the critics in welcoming Miss Hayes, and we congratulate 
Textron. IiichiicI their ageiicy.the J.Walter Thompson Co., on their 
sponsorship of the actress every Sunday evening at 10:15, EWT. 

This is Mutual 



Labor Goes on Radio 

To Present Its Side 

Hollywood, March 6. 

Labor'i aide will be explained to 
the general publio via radio under a 
plan whereby film unions and guilds 
are preparing to spend from $25,000 
to $50,060 annually on the airwaves. 

Move started with Moving Picture 
Painters Local 644 proposing to take 
over the program of Sam Baiter, 
KFWB commentator, Other oralis 
In the Conference of Studio Un- 
ions are mulling the idea of edu- 
cating the public to labor's side of 
the story, to counteract the millions 
spent by employers In presenting 
their side of the picture. 



San Antonio.— Pat White has been 
added to the. news staff of KT$A. He 
comei here from KWI?H, Shreve- 
port, and replace* Bston Pace of 
KTSA .who joined the Marines.' 



Follow-up Comment 



"Can You Top This" on NBC for 
Colgate last Sal. night (3t got along 
without Senator Ed Ford 1 ill), who 
had fellow Lamb Ward Wilson sub- 
bing for him. Latter rang ihc bell 
consistently with li is v.ags / and 
rounded -out a sock trio along wilh 
regulars Harry Hershfleld and Joe 
Laurie, Jr.. 



"Hall of Fame's" relurn-lo-NY 
show .was ragged Sunday h) under 
Beatrice Lillie's cmceeing. Best was 
the old stuff with Bert L.ihr in a 
broad, albeit familiar scene. New 
comedy writing was off; Artie. Shaw 
a monotonous interlude with hj 3 
overly wild jazzique: and even While- 
man's old vs. new arrangement didn't 
come off. Jo Stafford's straight song- 
aloging clicked. Peter Lone OK. 



Steve Ellis proved a capable sub 
for sports writer Bill Corum Fri. (2) 
night on the Gillette blow-by-blow 
account from Madison Square 
Garden, N. Y., of the Ike Williiims- 
Willie Joyce boxing bout aired via 
Mutual. Corum's out of the country 
on a special assignment for the N: Y. 
Journal-American and. Ellis will lili 
in on the punchcasls until his return, 
working with Don Dunpliy. Ellis' be- 
tween rounds comments probably 
don't carry the. authority of those by . 
the widely known Corunj but the 
newcomer flashed a smooth delivery 
and demonstrated he knew wlial Vaa 
going oii'Up in the ring;'. 



"Books Bring Adventure'' is one 

of the first large-scale' projects by 
the Junior League of America, co- 
operating with local units, in the. 
field of children's radio. Aim of the 
series, being : turntabled on mora 
than SO stations in the U. S. and 
three in Canada, is to present dama- 
ti/.alions of better grade stories for 
children between nine and 12 years 
of age. Tales selected by leading 
literary critics are localcd in vari- 
ous countries of the world, includ- 
ing England, Russia, Hungary, India, 
Turkey and Canada. Some have a 
war background, though not too 
pronounced. 

Adventure" is an interesting and 
commendable radio effort, even if 
it never approached a Crossley or 
Hooper rating equal to those ot 
juvenile commercial cliff-hangers. 
"Trap Lines North." broadcast last 
week on WGY, comes closest to the 
sponsored action-packed format. 
Written, played and .sound-effected '- 
with zing: and tension, this tale of 
trapping by two lads of a wolf in 
northern Ontario should keep Hie 
ears of youngsters close to the loud 
speaker. 



JOSEPH ENGELHARDT 

And Hit 
Manor Hbuto Orchestra 
have become the most lis- 
tened to musical program, 
according to all surveys, and 
without a printed word' of 
publicity. 



RAY HARVEY 



- Oomody 




*lf YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT... 



WFBL 



IS THE 



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• Select any modern-type survey. 

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• Choose when you want Jt mode . 

AND* WE'LL PAY ALL THE CHARGES I 

If you still don't bctleve'that WFBL li the iop 
•lotion in Syracuse, New York, we'll gladly pravlda an 
accurate, modern survey.. . . tKa woy you wont Jt . . 
at our own cxpcnscl Absoliitory no obliootion on your 
part. Write or wire, WFBL,- Syracuse, N. Y. - \ . or . 
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Wednesday, March 7 t 1945 



RADIO 



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Industry Eyeing 
Derish on WOW 

Omaha, March 8. 

When the Nebraska Supreme court 
ordered cancellation last May of a 
lS-year lease of WOW at $74,000 a 
year, did it invade the jurisdiction 
of the Federal Communications 
Commission? 

That was the question argued be- 
fore the U. S. Supreme court last 
week and the Industry is watching 
the results because of its effect as to 
limitations of FCC powers. 

Suit was brought by T>r. Homer M. 
Johnson of Lincoln, policyholder in 
the Woodmen of the World, life in- 
surance society which granted the 
station lease to a company formed 
in 1942, WOW, Inc., headed by John 
Glllin. Jr. Plantiff contended that 
the rental was "grossly inadequate" 
and asked nullification of the lease. 
The suit was dismissed by District 
Judge Frank Dineen in Omaha, but 
last spring the Nebraska supreme 
court sustained Johnson's claim of 
"constructive fraud" and voided the 
lease. 

James L. Fly, chief counsel for the 
WOW group, appearing in his first 
private law case since resigning as 
FCC head last fall, declared the 
Nebraska high court 'has, in effect, 
nullified a transfer . of the radio 
license approved by FCC In 1942 
when Fly was chairman. 

Fly said there was a question as 
to whether the commission will tfive 
another license to an insurance com- 
pany or a bank. He averred that a 
state court has no authority to 
nullify a license by removiiiK prop- 
erty rights of a radio establishment 

'JOE & MABEL' SERIES 
READIED AS AIRER 

The "Joe and Mabel" magazine 
series by Sgt. Irving Gaynor Neiman 
is being readied as an air show by 
the author, with possibility it'll go 
on a summer replacement program. 
Reported, too, that Proter & Gamble 
is interested in the radio adaptation 

Sgt. Neiman has just been trans- 
ferred from Vichy Air Field in 
Illinois to New York and is cur 
rehtly at. work on both the air show 
and a new "Joe and Mabel" install- 
ment for Collier's. 



BLAIR LEAVES BLUE 
FOR WHBG TOP BERTH 

Harrisburg, March 6. 

Wilbur Blair has resigned his posi- 
tion as night traffic mgr. of the Cen- 
tral Division of the Blue network, 
to become program and production 
mgr. for WHBG, Harrisburg's new 
Blue station, which . will go on the 
air in about a month. 1 ~ 

Blair, a former Harrisburger, is a 
graduate of William Penn high 
school, and was formerly a member 
of the engineering and announcing 
staff of WKBO, NBC and Mutual 
outlet here.. 



KENT'S LISTENING POST 

„ Des Moines, March 6. 

Listening post for receiving for- 
eign broadcasts has been construct- 
ed by KRNT, Des Moines, under di- 
rection of Charles Quentin, engi- 
neering consultant. 

Special programs analyzing the 
propaganda will be broadcast under 
the direction of George Cremeens, 
special events head of KRNT. 



Thesp, Not Prof. 

Chicago, March 6. 

Eyebrows bounced here last 
week when it was learned that 
Armand Hunter, head of the far- 
famed 1 Northwestern U, School 
of Radio, wolild play the lead 
in a 15-minute drama series over 
WJJD, sponsored by the Metro 
College of Drama, one of the 
many schools to spring up here 
in the past few months offering 
radio courses. 

Hunter, who earns an honest 
dollar now and then as a radio 
actor when he has time from his 
Northwestern duties, probably 
l«oks upon the deal as just an- 
other assignment and not a case 
where he's working for a com- 
petitor which still has to gain a 
reputation. 



Blston.— Ray D. Scofleld, formerly 
with NBC Radio-Recording division, 
lias joined WCOP's sales department. 
He was in the Army Signal Corps 
for one year previous to his medical 
discharge two years ago. 

Steve Brickley, out of the Army, 
has joined the station's engineering 
department. 



Less Talkie-Talkies, More Sock 
Spots Aim of Radio on 7th Bond Drive 



Dick Tobin's Bine Stanza 



Dick Tobin, recently hired by the 
Blue as a news program producer 
and director, will take over the 7 to 
7:15 p.m. Monday through Friday* 
special events reports. 

Program, tabbed "Headline 
Edition" tees off tonight (Wed.) and 

will run M6n.-Wed.-Fri. until March ! Ass'n of Broadcasters! 



Washington, March 6. 
More emotional appeals and short 
spot announcements— and less ora- 
tion— will be the radio goal for th* 
Seventh War Loan drive. Aim was 
delineated here yesterday (Mon.) at 
opening of a two-day meeting of 
state war loan publicity chairmen 
by Lesvis Avery, director of broad- 
cast advertising for the National 



26 when it goes cross-the-board. Slot 
is currently occupied by pickups of 
Blue correspondents here and 
abroad. 

Web presently clearing affiliates, 
so as to set up the stanza on a local 
cooperative sponsorship basis. Tobin 
will analyze news and also m.c. pick- 
ups of personalities who are involved 
in the news when accessible to the 
microphone in this country or else- 
where. 



Avery told the press agenlry 
chiefs that less than 1% of radio 
listeners pay attention to speeches 
coming over the air, while 40% 
hear baseball games. Obvious con- 
clusion is that one spot announce- 
ment during a ballgame Is worth 40 
radio speeches. The emotional ap- 
peal, he said, and special events are 
also worth many times more than 
chatter pieces. 



Woods Seen 

= Continued frpm p»f e 31 s 

though LaRoche obviously was the 
head man. 

For a while it appeared Woods 
had been sidetracked as LaRoche 
started importing veepees and mak- 
ing other personnel changes, and it's 
'true' that Woods until recently has 
remained mostly behind the scenes. 
Touted now, though, is a period of 
accented activity for him. 

It's known that Bluesters outside 
of N. Y. have been restless and 
somewhat disturbed over business 
Josses that followed in the*wake of 
Kobak's exit. Woods, formerly 
Kobak's running mate, is expected 
to alleviate some of this feeling by 
direct contact with those affected, 
BBDAO Beiearcb 

Recenf transfer of the Blue's ad- 
vertising account from Geyer, Cor- 
nell & Newell to BBDJiO is seen an- 
other move by the web to strengthen 
its position in a hurry. McCann- 
Erickson remained in the picture 
right up to the final decision, but 
was passed over in view of BBD&O's 
pledge to pitch in and do a hep re- 
search job for the network, some- 
thing it's been needing for a long 
time. 

Research angle, of course, ties in 
with recent series of adi placed by 
the .web which drew protests from 
competitors claiming listener rating 
figures were not all they should have 
been. 




MCMfJMWtt . 

LAWRENCE GOLDEN 

*** fifth Av«nu« . Ni» lilt U. M.Y 



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Wmm 




tm 



Thanks from the Boys 



Drew Pearson 

Gloria Jean 

Three Suns 

Paul Brenner 

Mills Brothers 

Phil Brito 

Anita Ellis 

Tommy Dorsey 

The Sentimentalists 

Bill Darnell 

The Modernaires 

Johnny Morgan 

Monica Boyar 

Louis Prima and Orchestra 

Lily Ann Carroll 

Justine DuVal 

Fred Sayles 

Elton Britt 

Gus Steck and Orchestra 
Steck's Bad Boys 



/TT WAS A GREAT SHOW FOR A GREAT CAUSE! We feel pretty sure\ 
X that every service man and gal would thank you entertainers 
for appearing in person on WAAT's big two hour Red Cross 
broadcast on February 28th (8-10 PM). You sure did your part 
toward helping the 1945 Red Gross War Fund Drive get off to a 
grand start. Your efforts— and those of many, many others in the 
entertainment world — will mean vitally important comfort to plenty 
L of fighting men and their families when they need the Red Cross. ^ 



Army Dramatization by 

Members of Army Air Force 

Red Cross Women 

North Jersey G. L's from 

European Theatre of Operations 

Nat Brusiloff and his Orchestra 

Earl Wilson 

Jerry Roberts 



And not forgetting . . . 

William N. Robson and Bourne Ruth- 
rauff of the American Red Cross ; A. A. 
Adams, B.B.C. ; and Local 802 Ameri- 
can Federation of Musicians. Plus 
extra special thanks to Frank Dafley. 
8how written and produced by Lee 
Stewart of WA AT. 



Gho moro • • • Oiv now . . . to your Red Crou I 




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RADIO 



Wednesday, March 7, 1945 



Beefs Rend Air 



Continued from page Si , 



» fear by CBS. of competition by 
theatre television, even though not 
expressly stated. SMPI, on behalf 
of the engineers of the motion pic- 
ture industry, wishes to submit to 
the Commission that it docs not fear 



president of the Cowles stations, and 
Ben Adlor, of Blue Network, wove 
among those who declared that the 
broadcasters do not want to "bo 
stampeded" into television and are 
willing to wait for higher definition 



competition of television broadcast- ) service in the ultra-high, spectrum'. 
Ins but invites it. It is hoped that c. M. Jansky. Jr.. led the light to 
the television broadcasting industry j keep FM in its present position in 
has the same attitude. j i lie "sped run*. He asserted that the 

"SMPI is of the opinion that the ! public may be compelled to pay al- 
f.equeneics requested for theatre \ most 50 percent more for television 
television will serve a very -law (receiver*, if the move upstairs is 
portion' of the public without dis- finally ordered. /Speaking for Panel 



tinction as to income level. The mo- 
tion picture industry has the organ! 



.1 of RTPB. he said it was estimated 
that costs of sets would be increased 
ration to produce, and the technical j by as much as,$32 for those now in 
•know how' of- the type of visual en- ; the S75 price range. _ 
tertainmcnt required for public ! He attacked the opinions of K. A. 
consumption. The industry has 30 Norton as contrary to those or other 
years of background experience, and experts.. It is on Norton s testimony 
has acquired the 'know hoW of pub- I that the planned move upstairs is 
lie desires in the visual entertain- 
ment field. 

"During the initial commercial iza- 
tion of television, whether broad- ' 

casting or theatre the public will ! ^ pl u , 

view he presentations due to their r '"• " , K tn 

novelty-thai is. the novel.v of being ,hc service a id ■ pffci«l to 

able to view a visual presentation llls ' °' Zl A rm 

transmitted through the medium of ! ^ « ^ & ZTfmZ 

. , . , ' moved from its present 42-50 mcj. 

"This novelty period will soon ;. TCgion l0 4 8 -G6 mess..- instead ot to 
wear off, and it will then be nece-s- ! ; n p 84-104 area, 
sary to present proper program m:>- ■ \ Tho network representatives' gen - 
terial having human interest and en- i cl . n ii y okayed the change since they 
tertainmcnt value to insure con- ) al . e arix ious to gel video rolling im- 

1 need 

FM for 



largely based. This will be finally 
1 settled when Norton discloses the 
I confidential Army data later this 
I 'month. 

Maj: E. H. Armstrong, father of 



radicj. 



iv i Kiiiiuici.i yoiut w iiiouic tuu- gj.g anxious to gel video roiuni 
tinued commercial success.. The mo- ! m cdiatelv after the war and 
tion picture industry has gore- I lne spacc now allocated to F? 



the purpose. 



Ohio State Exhibition 
Entries Close March 15 



through this period in presenting 
visual presentations in theatres 
throughout the country and the 
world." 

Larscn challenged the CBS con- 
tention that theatre video could ase 
wires. He said telephone wires are , 
not suitable for any type of video. : Columbus. March 6. 

and only coaxial cable of greater \ - Closing date for entries in the 
width than any now in existence ninth American exhibition of edu- 
cated do the job. s cational radio, sponsored by the 
Blue. Cowles, Oppose "Stampede" i Ohio Stale U. Institute for Educ.a- 
While there were some demands ! .tion by Radio is March 15. Exhibit 



for additional television channels in 
the lower frequencies, testimony 
generally* agreed that a limited num- 
ber of 6 mc. channels would dp thc-I 



is being retained even though war 
urgencies forced cancellation of the 
institute , this year. 
The annual Bcrnays radio award 



job until the ultra-high experiments ! also is being continued despite the 
are completed. T. A. M. Craven, vice ! cancellation 



N. Y. Indie Gets First 
Crack at Ace BBC Disc 
Waxed by British Stars 

At the request of N. Y. indie, 
WNEW, the British Broadcasting 
Corp. has recorded a "British Show- 
biz, at War' 1 disc for airing over that 
outlet next Monday U2> from 8 to 
8:30 p.m. 

Setup is unusual. BBC has spent a 
large budget and several . weeks in 
producing the show; but,, despite 
these facts, progrum will get its ini- 
tial airing on an indie in this couii- 
trv. Featured on the show, which 
■ is 'a tribute to the theatre, films and 
radio in Great Britain, arc:: Lynn 
Fontaine. Alfred Lunt, Laurence 
Olivier, Ralph Richardson. Claire 
Luce, Leslie Henson and Dame Myra 
Hess. Narrator is Tobeii Bealty, 
and the BBC oreh is conducted by 
Alan Crooks. , 

Obviously the BBC planned to 
make the disc available to the webs 
for initial U. S. airing. But, since 
it was done at the specific request of 
WNEW, this station is being given 
first crack at the program. Later 
it will be broadcast on other outlets 
throughput the U. S. A? and Canada. 

Show was produced in England 
and flown to this country by bomber. 

AFRA'75GVetKitty 

Washington, March 6. 

The Washington local of AFRA 
announced establishment of a $5,000 
veterans emergency fund last week. 
Gunnar Back. CBS. newscaster and 
local AFRA prexy, explained this is 
in-line with the organization's na- 
tional policy to raise funds for re- 
turning servicemen, supplementing 
the provisions of the GI bill. 

The 5 G kitty was raised at a 
radio carnival- at the Statler hotel 
recently. It will be administered by 
a special committee for the benefit 
of all local AFRA inen who return 
from the armed forces. 



Nix 'Hitch-Hikers' 



Dallas. — In a special series of 
transcribed : interview!, Texans are 
hearing first hand info on "Fighting 
Te*ans" in France. Through Wick 
Fowler, war correspondent for the 
Dallas Morning News, interviews 
with the Texas GI's are aired each' 
week over WFAA. 



Continued from page 31 

work, out something for the member-, 
ship to vote on. 

Board discussed the CIO-WHKC 
row which resulted in the station 
being hauled up before FCC on CIO 
charges. Subsequently the station 
announced it. was throwing the code 
out the window and would give 
labor more chance on the airwaves, 
. The two resolutions adopted were 
submitted by . the Sales Managers 
Executive Committee, 

First charges that "cow catcher" 
and "hitch hike" announcements 
"militate against the interests of 
radio listeners generally by tending 
to create annoyance, confusion and 
misunderstanding:'' It recommends 
that all broadcasters threw Them out 
"at the earliest possible date." 

Second resolution would curb the 
growing practice of using a sponsor's 
program on one station or net to 
plug his programs on other stations 
and webs. 

Hugh M. Feltis. "president of 
BMB, turned in his resignation as 
director-at-large for large stations, 
because of his new post, and re- 
ported that 285 stations have already 
subscribed to the service. 

Board nominated the. following for 
directors at large, the vote to be 
taken by mail: 

For large stations: W. H. Summer- 



VET REHABILITATION 
' SHOW FOR BLUE, TOO 

Blue will air a veterans' rehabili- 
tation series of programs under tht 
supervision of the Hollywood Vic- 
tory Committee, with Coast radio 
and film toppers in the lead roW 
Hub Robinson, Jr., web's program 
v.p., is presently on the Coast mold- 
ing details for the show. 

Program Will teeoft" on .April 16 oc- 
cupying the Monday 10::t0-l 1 p.m. 
time slot. Starting March 12 tlii« 
niche for four weeks will be filled 
by a quartet o'f dramatic shows 
based on winning scripts submitted 
by GI's during a contest sponsored . 
by the National Theatre Conference. 



ville, WWL, New. Orleans; J. c .,^,,..j,„ n n\ «,„>;• 1 

Leonard Reinsch, WSB, AtlanU-p^t^'LVt ° Z,. 
.T. O. Maland, WHO. Des Moines; olloy 
Paul W. Morency, WTIC, Hartford. 

Medium stations: G. ' Richard 
Shafto, WIS, Columbia, S. C; 
T.-A. M. Craven, WOL. Washington; 
Robert E. Priebe, KRSC, Seattle; 
Clarence T. Hagman. WTCN, Min- 
neapolis; F. M. Doolittle,. WDRC, 
Hartford; George M. Burbach, KSD, 
St. Louis, 

Small stations: Dietrich Dirks, 
KTRI, Sioux City; Frank Kling,' 
WMBR, Jacksonville: Clair R. Mc 
Collough, WGAL, Lancaster, Pal; 
Dale L. Taylor. WENY, Elmira; 
Matthew H. Bonebrake; KOCY,' 
Oklahoma City, and Marshall Pen 
gra, KRNR, Roseburg, Ore. 



Albany— Tip Corning, former CBS 
and freelance announcer, is now a 
captain in the Marine Corps. 



Three Vacancies As 
Tommy Taylor Goes 

Tommy Taylor, featured singer on 
the Blue network's "Sunny Side of 
the Street" morning sustained ha 
worked with Hone Woods, got that 
word from Uncle Samuel this week 
and bowed out. He also gave up hit 
niche on "Gloom Dodgers," WHN, 
N. Y., morning show. 

Taylor, father of two youngsters, 
als.o had to bow off a Sulu.rday a.m. 
commercial for the .Benjamin Moore 
Paint Co. slated to teesotV on the 



' 75 stations, 
have not been made as 



yet 



Les Weinrott's 'Galahad' 
Would Come Out of West 

Chicago. March 6. 
Les Weinroti. producer of "Amer- 
ica in the Air," is readying a new 
type flve-a-week strip show titled 
"Galahad." carrying a romantia 
theme plus a musical background. 
Two top Chi agencies are dickering 

for the program on a network basis, 
following an audition of the first five 
programs. Show will package at 
around $3,000. 

Weinrptt also is handling the new 
Quaker Oats show. "Those 
sters." which replaced 
Boy." 



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In Th»' MINNEAPOLIS STAR-JOURNAL 

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Wednesday, March 7, 1945 



face Relations Among 
Service Returnees On 
WOV Post-Victory Sked 

Fostering 6f amicable race rela- 
tions among returned GIs is a def- 
inite job for radio, according , to 
Arnold Hartley, program director for 
WOV (N. Y:). He is planning a 
round table air discussion on sub- 
ject, to start shortly after V-E day, 
between 1- white and Negro GIs. Mod- 
erator for the pow-wows will be se- 
lected from the Army Medical 
Corps, with a psychiatrist preferred. 

Problem of adjustment will be 
acute, especially among returnees 
who have seen action, Hartley feels. 
Many come back, he said, unable to 
concentrate for any length of time, 
and some come back embittered. 

The Negro problem will be far 
more severe. Coupled with usual 
complications of returning soldiers, 
the Negro ex-GI will be faced with 
the additional hurdles facing his 
race, it's felt. 

Unless . this problem is tackled, 
Hartley feels, some dire. social up- 
heaval may result. Although he 
feels problem is of immediate Im- 
portance, he'll wait' until V-E day, 
as such discussions usually divert 
public attention from the task at 
band, to clinch the victory. 



Columbui. — Howard Donahoe, who 
originated the program "Uncle Jim 
and the Kiddies" has returned to Co- 
lumbus aa program director of 
WCOL. "Uncle Jim's" program was 
first broadcast over WCAH in the 
late 20's. 



RADIO 



41 



Jack Stapp Back After 
ABSIE London Operation 

Jack Stapp, program manager of 
WSM, Nashville, who has been .on 
leave to OWI Overseas Branch for 
about 14 months, has just returned 
to New York after a year in London. 
In the British capital, Stapp was in 
charge of special events for ABSIE, 
the U. S. Government's powerful 
station which beams propaganda to 
the continent. 

Stapp is now heading up the guest 
artist unit of OWI special events in 
N. Y. under Stanley II. Silverman. 



Sandra Michael Back 

After Montana Stay 

Sandra. Michael is back at her 
Connecticut farm after some months 
in Montana, where she went after 
the accident which cost her brother, 
Peter Michael, also a radio writer, 
his left leg when he fell into a farm 
machine on his ranch: Peter is now 
in New York able to get around and 
about to be fitted for an artificial 
leg. 

. Miss Michael is now writing a 
novel. A third member of the writ- 
ing family is in London for the 
OWI. 



WOULD EXEMPT RADIOITES 

Albany, March 6.- 
Station managers, studio managers, 
newscasters and radio commenta- 
tors would be included in the group 
exempt from jury duty, under the 
terms of a bill sponsored by As- 
semblyman Harry A. Reoux, of War- 
rensburg, chairman of the judiciary 
committee in the Lower House. 




Honest John 

Chicago, March 8. 
An all-time high in radio 
script perfection was reached 
here last week by Johnny Ne- 
blett and his "So The Story 
Goes" series, heard over WBBM. 
In the three years the show has 
been on the air, a total of 936 
stories were broadcast, with 
only one factual mistake show- 
ing up in the scripts. This was 
. when Neblett said that Ulysses 
S. Grant was the youngest man 
to become President of the U.S. 
Actually Theodore Roosevelt 
was two months younger than. 
Grant when taking office. 

Neblett office gets an average 
of 3,600 letters each year from 
listeners, many of whom ques- 
tion facts the stories are based 
upon, but each letter is replied 
to with definite proof that the 
scripts Neblett uses, which are 
written by Judy Tom, are au- 
thentic. 



Brooks Back, Skeds Some 
Changes in War Staffers 

NBC is scheduling some changes 
among its war ■ correspondents. 
Plans for the shifts have been for- 
mulated by William F. Brooks, 
web's head of news and special 
events, who got back to New York 
last weekend after spending five 
weeks in London, Paris, and various 
other spots in the European Theatre 
of Operations. ■ 

Brooks had an exciting time on 
his European visit, coming very 
close to the front and finding him- 
self at one time in a building being 
shelled by the Germans. While he 
was across, he made two broadcasts 
himself, one from Paris and another 
'••om Luxembourg. 



Visitors From French Radio Outfit 
Tell of Underground' Developments 



French radiomen, like that coun- 
try's journalists, poets and novelists, 
continued functioning during the 
German occupation, according to. the 
first direct report on the subject 
brought to New York Monday (5) by 
representatives of the French Na- 
tional radio,' "Radiodiffusion . Fraii- 
caise." 

The men, here to study American 
progress in radio and television, and 
to establish coordination between 
American > and French broadcasters, 
are Pierre Garrigue and Pierre 
Schaeffer. 

Because radiomen in France met 
together constantly, recorded shows 
for future broadcasts whenever pos- 
sible, and made documentary shows 
of historic events, the French clan- 
destine radio, "Radiodiffusion de la 
Nation Francaise," was able to go 
on the air five days before the Ger- 
mans were out of Paris. 

Among the historic events waxed 
| by the Frenchmen were the fighting 
on the barricades during the week 
I preceding the liberation of Paris. 
General de Gaulle's first visit to the 
free capital, and the entrance of the 
Allied troops into Paris. 

. Underground Labi 
During the four years of German 
occupation, the visitors said, French 
technicians continued experimenting 
both in radio and television, working 
in . underground laboratories. At the 
same time, writers were developing 
special techniques for radio pro ' 



grams. Some of those program tech- 
niques, as described by the two 
Frenchmen, are not particularly new 
to Americans. The devices are simi- 
lar lb some used on better radio 
shows in this country during the 
last few years, with, emphasis upon 
complete integration of voice, sound 
and music. But the fact that the 
French radiomen developed those 
techniques on their own, at great 
hazard and often at the risk of their 
lives, was applauded by American 
radiomen who heard the Schaeffer- 
Garrigue report. 

The men announced that before 
the end of this month they will 
arrange for auditioning about 16 
hours of recordings from France 
which they brought with them. 

The visitors confirmed earlier re- 
ports that French achievements in 
1.050-line television images, whils 
giving great' promise for the future, 
have been confined to laboratory 
experimentation with, as*yet, »o 
actual transmissions having been 
accomplished. ' 



Eileen Barton Off Berle Show 

In one of those "mutual agree- 
ments," Eileen Barton check; off the 
Milton Berle show after the March 
28 broadcast 

Conflicting viewpoints over "too 
much script," with Miss Barton re- 
portedly dissatisfied with her one- 
shot vocal, reportedly brought about 
decish. 



United Nations 



Continued from page 31 , 



has already covered a half dozen 
international conferences. For the 
Francisco show, however, both San 
Francisco and New York offices of 
OWI Overseas have combined then- 
forces to put over the biggest special 
events job ever. 

Claude Buss, ' chief of the San 
Francisco OWI Overseas branch, has 
put West Coast radio program direc- 
tor Ken Fry in charge of the 'event. 
Louis G. Cowan, East Coast head for 
the U. . S. . agency, and Lawrence 
Blochman, his radio program chief, 
have worked out plans to supple- 
ment Fry's staff. , 

Heads of foreign delegations will 
be interviewed by the OWI foreign 
language specialists, and many of 
them will be waxed for special com- 
mentaries daily. These commentaries 
will be aired to the speakers' native, 
countries over OWI's short-wave 
facilities. New York will send talks 
in at least 21 languages, while Frisco 
will cover in every Oriental tongue 
as well as in English, Dutch and 
French. Indications are that an 
average of 1,000 OWI spots a week 
will originate from the San Francisco 
conference, as long as it may last. 
OWI's East Coast will send over 17 
shortwave transmitters, and will 
service the overseas networks; which 
includes ABSIE in England, Radio 
Luxembourg and Radio Algiers. 
„ BBC will send Louise Ryerson, 
chief of its facilities bureau, to set 
up the technical essentials at San 
Francisco. When the conference gets 
under way, the British office will 
shift Us Washington commentator. 
Anthony Wigan, and its special radio 
correspondent, Alistaire Cook, to 
Frisco for thorough coverage. Span- 
ish and Portuguese spots for BBC 
will be covered by the Coordinator 
of Inter-American Affairs (CIA A) 

Wolfert Roberts. In general 'charge 
of radio for the New York office of 
CIAA, and the outfit's radio program 
director, John .White, Jr.. have made 
plans for broadcasting the proceed- 
ings on all Latin-American beams. 
Mario Delgado, head of the organ- 
ization's . script department, and 
Demelrio Cabarga, will go to the 
West Coast from New York. Up 
j from Mexico City, where Ihey have, 
I been covering the Inter-American 
I conference, will come Spanish- 
| language commentator Enrique Rod- 
: riguez Fabregat, and Fernando deSa. 
f Latter Is. in charge of special shows 
j in Portuguese for the Brazilian 
shows. 



Dick Willis, beauty expert, tees off 
a series entitled "Here's Looking at 
You" on WNEW, N. Y., in Ihe 9-9:15 
a.m. slot Mondays through Saturdays 
beginning March 12. 



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Kdorf in Deal With Peppe-Kaye 
As Co-Mgr.; Buys In On Music Cos. 



Mtke .Nidorf has signed an agree- 
ment with Jim Peppe and maestro 
Sammy Kaye whereby he becomes 
4 uo-manager of the latter band and 
the active head of a management 
tgenuy that will eventually be ex- 
panded. Nidorf. who unexpected- 
ly bowed out recently as executive 
v. p. of General Ariius. Corp., is now 
In FloridH but is expected back this 
week, li was in Florida that his 
deal with Peppe and Kaye was com- 
pleted. Peppe Is there recovering 
from an illness that has kept him 
out of action for some lime. Kaye's 
band was working at the Frolics. 
Miami. 

In addition to taking over a piece 
of the Kaye management and subse- 
quent properties that will be devel- 
oped by the combination, Nidorf 
bought out the bandleader's interest 
In World and Republic Music Com- 
panies, which had been jointly 
owned by Kaye and Peppe. Re- 
public is a Broadcast Music, Inc., af- 
filiate and the other is aligned with 
the American Society of Composers, 
Authors, and Publishers. . Republic 
recently completed a new deal with 
BMI, as a result of which it is going 
Into full-scale operation. It's re- 
ported that since the Nidorf deal the 
headquarters of the two publishing 
' houses will be on the Coast. Nidorf 
will spend most of his time in N. Y. 
at Peppe's current headquarters. 

Since Nidorf left OAC and sold 
his stock in that company to Thomas 
O. Rockwell, president, for a re- 
ported $69,000, there has been wide 
(peculation as to what Nidorf would 
do. There were rumors of a. talent 
agency of his own; he was consider- 
ing an offer from Music Corp. of 
America to act as an artisi-relations 
man, and there was talk of his going 
Into business with George (Bullets) 
Durgom. manager of Andy Russell, 
Jo Stafford, etc. He is said to have 
bought put 50% of the interest by 
Durgom and Bob Moss, his partner, 
In these two artists.. It's uncon- 
firmed, however. But. nowhere was 
there even a whisper of a deal with 
Peppe. He again took the business 
by surprise! 



Oscar Straus' 50th Anni 
Draws SROat Carnegie 

A continental audience . packed 
Carnegie.' Hnll, N.Y., Sunday night 
(4.i to help Oscar Straus celebrate 
his '.Golde.ir. Jubilee.. The . 75-year- 
old composer of innumerable suc- 
cessful .waltzes and operettas, in I 
eluding (he ever-popular "Chocolate 
Soldier;" wisely interspersed his 
program' with familiar swaying har- 
monics of the late waltz king, 
Johahn Strauss Jr., and the latter's 
son, Joseph, Licia Albanese and 
Francesco -.'Valentino, of the Met- 
opei'8, were the top-drawer partici- 
pants who rounded put a proper 
dash of eclat. '.. , ■ 

"Fiesta Mexicana," ■ by the com- 
poser's son, Erwin Straus, was the 
sole peppier departure from the 
strictly nostalgic. 

National Association for Advance- 
ment of the Blind was beneficiary of 
the concert. 



Gabbe Wants to Hag 
N. Y.; Starts String 
Of Road Mgr. Moves 

Dick Gabbe, manager of the Jim- 
my Dorsey orchestra, will give up 
traveling with the band at -the con- 
clusion of the outfit's current stand 
at the Pennsylvania hotel, N. Y. Ted 
Alabaster, road manager with Jerry 
Wald. will join Dorsey in that 
capacity, leaving' Gabbe free, -to 
spend -all his time in N. Y. 

Jack Archer joins Wald in Al- 
abaster's place along with his wife, 
Billie Rogers, who becomes . Wald's 
vocalist. Latter recently gave up her 
band, which was being managed by 
Archer, who only last week joined 
T. B. Harms music company as a 
contact man. He leaves that spot 
now. of course. 



Chas. Kenny in Final 
Plea for Rating Hike 

Charles Kenny, brother of N. Y. 
Daily Mirror radio oolumnfit fclek 
Kenny and eo-wrller with him of a 
number of songs, appeared before 
the recent board meeting of the 
American Soolety of Composer*, 
Authors and Publishers in a Anal ef- 
fort for a raise In classification. 
Kenny, 'who's now BB previously 
had unsuccessfully appealed to the 
classification committee and the ap- 
peals board. 

Kenny bases his plea on the fact 
that his brother has a higher rating 
than >-.e. He draws around $4,000 
annually on the double B rating. 

Blocks For-Free 
Idea Dropped Fast 

Martin Block came up with an 
idea last week that he apparently 
drbpped quickly after sounding out 
various music publishers. Blook, 
m.c. .of the Chesterfield broadcast on 
NBC, formerly handled the same 
chore on. the same sponsor's CBS 
show. On the latter program three 
new and untried songs are played 
each week, with listeners asked to 
select the one they liked best. 

Block devised an Idea whereby the 
first 10,000 listeners voting for the 
song eventually selected as best of 
eaoh week's trio woujd be given a 
copy of the song. He approached 
several music publishers on the idea 
of supplying the copies, at the mini- 
mum cost to Chesterfiel i of paper 
and printing charges. . 

Publishers who were approached, 
and those who might . ijtfl'e been, 
laughed at the idea. The Idea of giv- 
ing away free something from whloh 
they make their living was odd 
enough, but to give free copies of 
music in these times, when paper 
and printing are at a premium/was 
unthinkable. 



ASCAP Nix.d by WLB 

Bonuses and salary increases voted 
to American Soolety of Composers, 
Authors and Publishers executives 
and employees by the. board of di- 
rectors last December were rejected 
recently by the War Labor Board. 



Horaw Heldt to Break Up His Band 
Diw to Contract Dispute With MCA 



PhU Coirltr Drives 

Far Wand Memorial 

Pittsburgh, Maroh 6. 
Pittsburgh Qourler, one' of the 
leading Negro newspapers, has 
launolied • drive to erect a memorial 
to Jamee A. Bland, the almost- 
forgotten colored composer who 
Uirf\ad out suoh songs as ''Oil -Dem 
Golden Slippers," 'Tn the Evening 
By tiie Moej^llght'' and "Barry Me 
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Rebuttal hy 
S-B Suit Chaflengid 
Ui. Copyright Laws 

Stephen Widenshl, operator of 
Stephen's State, Pawtuoket, It. I., In 
effect, hae challenged the V. S. oopy- 
rlght law In defending a suit against 
him by Bhaplt£-Bernsteln for in- 
fWngemMt of "Sweet Sue," one of 
that firm's copyrights. Stephens was 
ohargeii wlfh using the song In hie 
establishment without proper 
llaense, and in an appeal to the olr- 
out court of appeals from a Federal 
court deolsion Iri Shapiro's, favor, he 
claimed Aia't- the oour-'t djd not have 
the right to fine him *Sijo for the 
Infringement when an ASCAP 
llaense for the privilege to perform 
the song oosts only ISO a year. It, 
was a unique rebuttal in a case of 
this Wad. . 

Shapiro originally filed suit 
against Widensffl in 1041. It was 
tried ill 1048, and In March, 1044, 
Judge John P. Hardigan decided the 
case h» Shapiro's favor, ft was ap- 
pealed to the higher coinj, which 
last week overruled Wldenski's 
argument wl^h tfie U. S. copyright 
law: and upheld the original decision. 



Los Angeles. March 6 
Hore.ee Heldt goes out' of the or. 
ohestra business Maroh 18, with the 
olose of hie current stand at the 
Trianon ballroom near here. He 
has. handed notioes to his entire 
■band. Reason for his move the 
maestro declares, 1* difficulty ' with 
Muslo Corporation of America 
which he hae been fighting for some 
time. He has an action pending at 
American Federation of Musicians 
seeking release from his contract 

Heidt's demand for a termination 
of his contract with MCA is now up 
to the AFM executive board, with » 
decision expected in about a month. 
Paot hae two more years to go Band 
leader asserts that he has had im- 
proper representation by MCA and. 
has been' forced to arrange most of 
his own bookings.. 

Explaining the break-up of the 
orchestra in hi* dismissal notice, 
Heldt declared "certain existing 
conditions make it impossible to 
continue." Understood lie will re- 
sume his baton career when the 
current problems are straightened' 
out.- 



Tinturin, Martin Suit 
Halted; Deal Pending 

Los Angeles, March 6. 

Peter Tinturin stayed his $167,400 
suit against Freddy Martili through a 
compromise arranged by attorneys 
for both sides. Agreement is that 
Martin will record two of Tinlurin's 
tunes for RCA- Victor and give both 
a reasonable amount of air plugging. 
Meanwhile, Tinturin. is making a 
deal to have the tunes published. 

Clause In the agreement provides 
that RCA will decide whether or not 
to release the record and that Martin 
will be relieved of further respon- 
sibility in case the disc company de- 
cides the sides are not worthy of 
release. 



Art Kahn, radio musical director, 
opening a voice-coaching studio la 
Los Angeles. 




Sung for thr first tlmo by JOHNNY JOHNSTON 
on Chtsterflold's "Music That SaHsflts" program. 








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AGCYS. BURN AT 'GUEST RACKET' 



AFM Held '100% Cooperative' 
In Adjudicating Curfew Pay Snags 



American Federation of Musicians, 
aooording to nightclub and hotel - 
men ooncerned with musio, aino'e we 
beginning of the cu rfew last week 
ties been bendfiig~baeKwaTda in an 
effort to nettle all contractual dis- 
pute* based on Justice Byrnes' our- 
few action. Details of the numerous 
oaiet brought to the union for ad- 
judication are too numerous to men* 
tlpn, but the case of the Oafe Zanzi- 
bar, N. Y., Is an example. 
''.Zanzibar's owners Joe Howard 
and, Carl Elbe, sought to out Louis 
Armstrong's musicians $19 each slnoe 
the Job had been cut from three 
sessions to two. Men were reluctant 
end the case went to the national 
office, which decided the salary of 
each should be cut, roughly, about 
$22 apiece. -Other oases are similar 
and all buyers and agencies agree 
that the AFM's cooperation has been 

100*-; . 

With the first full week of the 
euifew completed, last Saturday (3), 
it has been determined that, while 
N.Y: night clubs have been hit badly, 
name band hotel rooms have not 
suffered nearly as much. Cover 
charges in the majority of rooms 
have been maintained, though gross 
intakes have lessened due to the 
shorter period of time for spending. 
Latter figures are difficult to obtain 
for accurate comparisons, but it's 
claimed by those who should knowi 
that the drop hasn't been too bad. 

Biltmore. with Eddy Rogers' band 
and an ice show, is the only one even 
contemplating closing. It's still not 
definite. .__ _ 

Hardest hit, according to the Va- 
•riety Bands at the boxoflice tabula-, 
ttons of N.Y. hoslelries, il the Penn- 
sylvania, where Jimmy Dorsey's 
covers dropped from 3,425 before the 
curfew to 2,725 during the first week 
of the rule. This was due, it's 
thought, to the; lack of turnover, 
especially on weekends, when the 
room is jammed. With such short 
time, patrons can't move from one 
spot to another,- so prevent turnover. 
Thai's indicated by the 641-cover 
total the past Saturday i3) as against 
813 the prior Saturday. Even so; 
Doi'sey is doing better biz than most 
bands that preceded him. 

Other spots held their own. 
Tommy Horsey just about equalled 
his. previous week's take from the 400 
Club. New Yorker, with Jerry Wald, 
surpassed the previous week's cov- 
ers by 75. Of course; most spots 
lowered the time at which covers 
are slapped on chocks. Whereas, the 
charge formerly was effective at 10 
p.m., it now goes on at 9:30 -and 
earlier. At the 400 it applies. after 
«:30 p.m. 

Frank Dai ley's Terrace Room, 
Newark, -with' Louis Prima, had' its 
second best Saturday ■:<) the room 
ever experienced. It's full week was 
commensurate with pre-curfew biz. 



Chi Has AFM Trouble 

Chicago, March 6. 

Battle between cafe owners and 
American Federation of Musicians 
local over problem of wage reduc- 
tions is on here, as result of curfew. 
Operators are claiming Byrnes' order 
Invalidates exi.xting contracts and 
thai an opinion to that effect" was 
obtained from Hugh Cox, assistant 
S. solicitor general, by reps of 
Chi Cafe Owners A*sn.. who trekked 
to Washington, last week to register 
complaints on how curfew is affect- 
ing bus-iriess'. 

An appeal was made to .Tamos C. 
fclrillo, AFM prexy, by COA im- 
mediately on return of delegation 
from the capital, asking that musi- 
cians lake a pay cut, since they will 
Play shorter hours. Union, it was 
understood, will demand that nitcries 
advance .starting hours for bands, 
yith COA voting at their meeting to 
discharge" musicians if Petrillo an- 
swers that union wqn't compromise 
contracts. 



Freddy Martin Co. 

Closes N. Y. Offices 

Maestro Musio, owned by Interests 
headed by bandleader Freddy Mar- 
tin, has temporarily olosed it* office 
In N. V. and gone on the lnaotlve 
list, •taff that formerly operated 
the N. Y. office resigned during the 
past oouple months, and they . have 
not been replaced. Paul Barry, who 
was professional manager, is now 
with Mayfair Music. 

Maestro's . headquarters li on the 
Coast. 



DorseystoTeam 




Armstrong in Solo 

Tommy, and Jimmy Dorsey's or- 
chestras will be combined sometime 
during the next few weeks for re- 
cording purposes. Two outfits will 
make V-Discs together in N. Y., us- 
ing specially tailored arrangements 
written for the combined Instrumen- 
tation. 

Added to the two bands, as a solo- 
ist, will be Louis Armstrong, whose 
band is now at the Cafe Zanzibar, 
N. Y. 

One of Tommy Dorsey's arrangers 
is making the orchestrations- for the 
date, which will exclude only T.D.'s 
fiddles. There will be about 40. men 
involved In all. Bands have been 
combined before, as stunts on un- 
usual occasions, but rarely, if ever, 
have two been dovetailed with reg- 
ular arrangements laid out for them. 



NAMES BILLED 




ASCAP Withdraws 
Juke Test Suits 



N.Y. to Rio; Wally Downey 

• Wally Downey has gone to Rio c!c 
Janeiro by plane on business. Will 
"e gone six or seven weeks. 

The music man represents ASCAP 
•w* has his own U. S. agency. 



. Test suits filed in the summer of 
1943 by the American Society of 
Composers. Authors and Publishers 
against establishments' employing 
coin machines are being withdrawn. 
Suits alleging infringement of 
ASCAP material via performance 
without proper license, were filed on 
the grounds that the spots involved 
had formerly employed live music 
and hud ASCAP licenses, which were 
dropped when the musicians were 
let go and coin machines sub- 
stituted. 

Withdrawal of the .suits is assert- 
cdly based on the Society's desire to 
attack the situation from a differ- 
ent angle. Spots sued were Donohue's 
Bar and Grill and New Westport 
Cafe, both in N Y., and Marco's 
Cafe and Otto Winkleman. an oper- 
ator, both of New Rochelle, N Y. 
In the first two cases it was. charged 
the Edwin H. Morris song,' "I've 
Heard That Song Before." and Wit- 
mark's "Please Think of Me." had 
been played from recordings without 
permission or license. 

paxtoFmoves from 
par to capitol, n y. 

George '. Paxton's. new orchestra, 
originally booked into the Parar 
mount for its first Broadway thea- 
tre date, has been switched to the 
Capitol. It opens at Hint house cither 
April 2t> or May 3. : 

Paxton had been set into the 
Paramount week of March 28.. but 
that period was taken over by 
Benny Goodman's new band. Par 
wanted to set. Paxton back, but he 
desired a Broadway theatre shot 
prior to his opening at the Pennsyl- 
vania hotel, N.Y.. early in June. 

Leader last week dropped the four 
strings from his band, current at the 
Lincoln hotel, N.Y. Move was to cut 
down costs during the curfew. They 
will be returned to the band, along 
with two French horns, before the 
Cap date. 



Practice of small jive olubg on 
BBd street, N. Y., In advertising ap- 
pearances of name leaders and side- 
rrien as "guest stars"— often without 
permission — is proving a thorn in the 
sides of booking agencies. For . some 
time, such spots-have been. employ- 
ing a "guest" polloy on nights their 
regular musicians are off, without 
disturbing anyone, but of late they 
have been employing tactics that^ 
have agencies on the verge of apply- 
ing for union relief. 

Guestur racket, similar to the 
methods of operation that occasion- 
ally stir up trouble in the vaude- 
night club performer field, operates 
in. this way. Someone connected 
with the clubs, also friendly with 
the clubs, also friendly with name 
leaders and musicians, will off- 
handedly' invite one of the latter in 
"next Monday" for a drink! Most of 
those invited accept the invitations 
without much - thought of fulfilling 
them. As soon as they say okay, 
however, the clubs go ahead and ad- 
vertise them in- daily papers and out- 
side the establishments as appearing 
at the club. 

Such a situation threw Louis Jor- 
dan's recent Paramount : theatre, 
N. Y., date in jeopardy. Club her- 
alded his appearance and when his 
agency, General Amus. Corp., 
checked him on it, pointing but that 
Par contracts forbid concurrent 
playdales, lie asserted he knew noth- 
ing of the situation. Advised by wire 
I he wouldn't appear, the club never- 
(theiess continued to assure patrons 
that night he would be there. On 
another occasion, Count Basie was 
advertised at two different clubs the 
same night while he was at the Lin- 
coln hotel. N. Y., with his band, 
i Benny Carter -got into a similar sit- 
I nation. Threatening suit against the 
• spots doesn't seem to disturb them. 
) Another developing headache for 
; agencies is the unlawful use of pic- 
tures of name personalities in ads 
I for obscure one-nlghters. GAC has 
a placard advertising the King 
"Coleman" Trio for a recent date in 
the N. Y. area, ad actually using a 
photo df Cole, although he was not 
booked. Another recent case in- 
volved an advertisement of Benny 
Carter in Trenton. N. J., this time 
using- the right name and right pic- 
ture. He also was not bonked. 



Question If Curfew 
Nixes Bands Rehearsing 
After the Midnite Foldo 

There is a difference of opinion 
among hotel and cafe owners as' to 
the literal, translation of the. mid- 
night curfew ruling. During the first 
week of the clamp, both the Lincoln 
hotel and Cafe Zanzibar refused per- 
mission to George Paxton's and 
Louis Armstrong^ bands to rehearse 
after the job. that is, after midnight. 
Other .'■pots have been, allowing it, 
especially in holds, since there is no 
heat problem involved. 

Bandleaders being prevented from 
rehearsing after midnight.;, are 
squawkins bitterly. They must re- 
hearse new material and the usual 
practice lias been to do it in the wee. 
hours, which allows musicians nn- 
; broken time off. If done in the 
I afternoon, the .men -must break tip 
i their day; ■> ; 

i O'Connor in Hospital 

Johnny O'Connor, manager of Fkm' 
Waring, .lohim.v Lone and Art 
Mooney. >is in St. Vincent's hospital. 
N. Y.. with a bad- throat condition. 
His condition is reported fail-. 

O'Connor is a . member of the 
American Society of Composers. 
'Authors and' Publishers board of di- 
rectors and president of Hie Music 
Publishers Contact Employees Union. 



Highest N. Y. State Court Holds 
ASCAP Corps. Not Directors' Keepers 



American Music Fete 
Set for Paris in June 

: An American music festival, held 
under Joint sponsorship of the 
French government and Office of 
War Information, will be given In 
Paris in June. Aaron Copland will 
direct the event, with Leonard Bern- 
stein as chief conductor. 

Purpose Is to acquaint French 
people with development of Ameri- 
can music since 1939.. 



McFarland Twins orch signed a 
management contract with General 
Amus, Corp. last week. 



Palladium B. Cries 
Discrimination At 
ASCAP Fee Jump 

Hollywood, March 6. 

Claiming he . was overcharged, 
Maurice Cohen, general manager of 
the - Palladium Ballroom here, has 
demanded a reduction of the $3,000 
annual music rights fee levied by 
the American Society of Composers, 
Authors and Publishers. : In his re- 
quest for a refund, Cohen contends 
his ballroom is In the same general 
classification as the Aragon and 
Trianon in Chicago, which are as- 
sessed only $2,200, which recently 
fought with ASCAP over a proposed 
increase.. 

Cohen . declares he agreed to 
ASCAP's increase in the Palladiums 
fee with the understanding that it 
was necessary in compliance with 
the terms of the consent decree and 
in keeping with the Society's na- 
tional standardization policy. Since 
then,' he says, he has learned that 
the Chicago ballrooms were taxed 
$2,200. He calls it "discrimination in 
prices between licensees similarly 
situated," and/ wants a refund of 
$800. 



James Severing 
Grand Music Tie? 

Harry James has notified Grand 
Music ;Co., operated by George; 
Weiner in N.Y. , that his association 
with that firm will be discontinued 
at the expiration of 90 days. James' 
cancellation of a deal that brings 
him a minimum of $25,000 annually 
Is said to be based on a desire by 
him tq set up a music publishing 
firm of his owii. It has been rumored 
recently that he was making a deal 
with Buddy Morris, but that's been 
consistently . dented. 

Weiner flatly denies receiving 
James' cancellation notice. He says 
his agreement with James runs until 
June 30.., which is just about three 
months from now. 

James' deal with Weiner elicited 
wide comment in the music trade 
when it was made last year. With- 
out': posting ^"y c ** sn investment, he 
was literally handed a piece of the 
firm and guaranteed an annual' in- 
come of $25,000. 

! hampws seSsash 

i $14,898 NET IN CHI 

[ Lionel Hampton's orchestra re- J 
I portcdly took a total of $14,898 out ! 
. of the Downtown theatre, Chicago, j 
j for the week eliding last Thursday : 
<)>, probably '.the- highest amount of| 
money ever earned by- a colored 
band for one week of theatre, work.. 
Hampton was in on a 50-50 split, and 
to reach a gross of just under $30,000 
he did eight shows Sunday. Fob. 25. 
He was coupled ' to the Dim, "Hi, 
Beautiful." 

Previous week, Humplon's orches- 
tra played the Paradise. Detroit, 
running up a total gross of just 
under $20,000. This is exclusive of 
tax,. as is the above Chicago figure. 



The Court of Appeals, N. Y. State'* 
highest, ha* absolved ASCAP's oor- 
porate members having representa- 
tives on the Society's board of direc- 
tors from all liability for the act* 
of such directors. This determination 
was made in the action of Gem Musio ' 
Corp. and Denton & Hasklns Corp. 
against ASCAP, its officers and di- 
rectors, and all oorporate member* 
having representatives upon the 
board. . 

The appeal was argued by Louis D. 
Frohlich, of Schwartz & Frohlich, on 
behalf of certain corporate defend- 
ants, and' by Leopold Bleich of 
Julian t. Abeles' office on behalf of 
others. Loew's and other motion pic- 
ture companies, with music publish- 
ing subsidiary ASCAP members, had 
evidenced concern that such subsidi- 
aries, and In turn the parent motion 
picture companies, might be liable 
for acts of the ASCAP board. It was 
for this reason that Abeles, in hie 
representation of Loew's music com- 
panies, had separately appeared and 
argued in the inteersts of the motion 
picture producer. 

The ' complaint alleged that 
ASCAP's d hectors and officers had 
been guilty of certain derelictions, 
and that they and the corporation 
defendants having representatives 
upon ASCAP's board should account 
.to plaintiffs and ASCAP for the loss 
and damage sustained through such 
alleged acts. The alleged liability of 
such corporate defendants was predi- 
cated upon an ASCAP article of as- 
sociation that "each publisher mem- 
ber, if a co-partnership, firm, 
association or corporation, shall Ale 
with the ♦Secretary of the Society, 
from time -to time, the name of ■ 
person who shall be deemed to be 
its representative in the Society for - 
all purposes." 

Plaintiffs contended that by virtue 
of such article every act of a repre- 
sentative of a corporate defendant 
as a director of the Society was per- 
formed on; behalf of such corporate 
defendant. ' Justice Benedict D. 
Dineen, in N. Y. supreme court, had 
granted the motions of tbe corporate 
defendants, -dismissing the complaint 
as -against them. The Appellate Di- 
vision reversed Justice Dineen's 
order upon the ground that such 
article made the corporate defend- 
ants liable for the alleged acts of 
their designated representatives on 
the ASCAP board. The Court of Ap- 
peals reversed the Appellate Divi- 
sion and reinstated Justice Dineen's 
order dismissing the complaint as 
against said defendants, saying: 
"None of the corporate defendants 
had power to appoint a representa- 
tive, on the board of directors of 
directors of ASCAP. On the con- 
trary, under ASCAP's articles of as- 
sociation, a director could be nomi- 
nated only by a committee of the 
board and could be elected only by 
the general membership of ASCAP. 
Moreover, no director of ASCAP de- 
rived any authority from any of the 
corporate defendants. On the con- 
trary again, the power of complete 
management of ASCAP's affairs was 
veiled in its directors by its articles 
of association." 

This decision' removes any ques- 
tion of the liability of the corporate 
members of ASOAP for the acts of 
their representatives as directors. 
There remains for determination In 
the action only the alleged indi- 
vidual liability of "the officers 'and 
directors of the Society for such al- 
leged acts. 



Jazz in Detroit 

Detroit. March 8. 

JiU« concerts arc now competing 
with long-hair concerts; here. Bill 
Handle, a local fancier of jazz musio, 
has launched a series of concerto 
featuring top musicians. '-• 

For the next concert, Handle ha* 
taken over the Lafayette theatre the 
night of March 11, to present Meade 
(Lux) Lewis, boogie-woogie pianist, 
Sidney Bechet, soprano sax, Johnny 
Guarnieri, pianist; the George Ro*» 
quartet and the Willie Anderson- 
Gordon Sullivan Dixieland Jum 
Band. - 



ORCHESTRAS-MUSIC 



Wednesday, Marrh 7, I<H5 



Bands at Hotel B. O.'s 

1 Presented, herewith as a wekly tabulation, is the estimated eocei 
eUurye busiiies.' being done by mime bonds in various Nftw Vnrlc hotels 
Dimici bunntsu i't 1C p.jn ) not rnted Fifliires nfiei ntrac ot hotel o'*" 1 
room enpneiti/ ond rorer rhnrf/c fCnive-r Amount rtpsifTnntP.'' iree/cend atio 



llHUU 

Hal Aloma" .. , 
Jerry Wald*... 
Jimmy ))o:sey. 
Leo Rcismyn*. 
George Pax^on. 
Guy Lombarrin 
Charlie Spivak 



. .Lexinstiv <HO0. 7.V-SI SO 1 
..New Yorfccr <*M. SI -SI. 50 >. 

.. Pcnns.\ Ivwut. iS'.lli. SI SI' 30) 
.. Waldorl ifiatl $2> 
.-.Lincoln '275 Si I ."ilM 

Roosevelt »40O. S. SI. r >0> ... 
. .Commodore .4CriJ SI-SI .-.(>).. . 







luiiti 


Mr !i% 


I'.isl 












1.175 


37.I2S 


...... n 


1.975 


22.S00 


3 


2,725- 


24,375 


..... 1-i 


•1.875 


37,150. 


■ n 


1.1-0 


2,800 




2.t?0 


60.32') 


4 


1.100 


go.,- 



Britisi Best Sheet Selers 

{Week Bnding Feb. 15) 

London, Feb. 15. 
Ever Go to Ireland. .Cincphonic 

Trolley Son* SUn 

Chocolate Soldier U. S. A. ..Dash 
Shine Harvest Moon. .F.-D. J.- H, 

Together .: ■ Connelly 

Irish Lullaby Chappell 

Time Waits No One Feldman 

Tico Tico .Latin-America. 

Dance With a Dolly Connelly 

K'Llv Blue Eyes Connelly 



• Asterisks indicate • jujjjjoi-uiiw Un*» xiww flew Yorker. Billmore. Iiuvtr 
ice shows Lexington. Hairoiinn floor s/intr 

C'ricago 

BuiMy Fronklln (Walnut Boom. Bis r.vck hotel; 4fi5; S' 50-S2.50 min.). 
Off some but Franklin and Talia still hit a siiVini>.''M .rOOff. 

B»b Grnnl (Empire Room. Ps'mer 7-Tou.ic: 700; :".-'V>0 wi.'.y HiUle- 
ga«:o still c!o : ng biggest biz. curi'uw reduced patron?re t> 9,000. 

Deft I.aSallc (Mayfair F>oom. B ac'.:>torc- hotel: 4tia: MiSO min. i. Combo 
week :-f Phil R.-;?n and Dwi«hpF ! •»:«, \v>.o opened Frl. i'!>. lceot tabs up 
arourd cvcallent ?,500. 

Hoyd RaV>urn (Panther Room. Sherman hotel; 95>. Sl.50-S2.50 min.). 
Ciistorv.rs here not yet accustomed to earlier hours. w :t h resultant dr:.p 
to 4.900. 

Tea* Wt«nn (Boulevard Room. Stevens hotel; 650; S3..S3.50 min.). Despite 
curfew ropes were up four nights for great total, ot 6,500. 

Los Angeles 

Freitdy Martin (Ambassador; 900: Sl-f.1.50). Didn't even bat an eyelash 
when the curfew came. Maintaining its 4 300 standing. 

Joe Rekhaan (Biltmore; 900; St-Sl.50). Room holding its draw of 
4,900 tabs. 



Location Jobs, Not m Hotels 

iChien.ooi 

Gay Clarld e (Chez Paree: 650; S:vsr..50) min.). Always a late spot, this 
place i «ally feeling the ban. Clar"d$c-7.ero Moste'-Dolores Grey bill play- 
ing t» about 4.000. droo from Inst week. 

D«l r»urtney (Bla"kh- wk: 500: Sl-r,2.50 min.). Courtney's popularity 
and addition of Saturday tea darccs aixl matinee held figure to fine 4,000. 

Bern's Cammios (Latin ©.un-rev; 70): SS-SS.aO min.). Another victim of 
the curfew. Show headed by Bert Whee'er and Jackie Hellei- drew' 3.500. 

iLos Anueles) 

V-tujhn Manrae (Palladium B. Hollywood, fourth week). Registering 
29,000 pasteboards at the ,-'oor. 

Harsce Reidt (Tr — " T> . Southgate. sixth week). No fluctuation here, 
holding at 1L300 customers. 

Lelchion NoWe (Slap;:;- Maxie's. N. Los Angeles. 12th week). With a 
new show to hypo crowdr. spot climbed to 4.000 patrons. 

Cartas Mellna (Trocadero* N. Hblly^vood. first week). Hit a 30% slash 
with curfew and OPA's vatiorcd ioods injunction coming in the same 
.. •• r- \~"e down to 2,060 tabs. 



Feist Sued Orer Raie 
Ri«bts to 'Bksswn Tine' 

Suit involving the radio broad- 
casting rights of the operetta, "Blos- 
iom Time." was filed by the Karczog 
Publishing Co., Inc., against Leo 
Feist. Inc., music publisher and the 
American' Society of Composers. 
Authors and Publishers, last week 
il)' in N. Y. federal court. Action 
seeks an injunction an«f damages 
and to declare that an agreement 
which . plaintiff made -with Feist in 
1919 for publishing musical num- 
bers and mechanical rights . to the 
operetta did not include radio rights. 

Karczag. owner of the operetta. 
"Dns Dreimaederlhaus," known as 
"Blossom Time." according to the 
complaint alleges that in 1919 they, 
granted Feist the exclusive; rights 
to publish the musical numbers of 
the operetta and also the mechanical 
reproduction of the music. At-that 
time rcdio broadcasting was un- 
known, hence Karczag claims these 
rights were not included; 

Feist, the complaint further 
charges, without consent or knowl- 
edge of th« plaintiff, made agree- 
ments with ASCAP. under which 
they granted the society the right to 
license broadcasting of the operetta, 
and the music. Although notified that 
such rights were not included in the 
contract, the defendants have as- 
serted ownership of and exercised 
the rights. 



Gearge Duffy's severely injured 
hand. Which cost the pianist-band- 
master five weeks of bookings, is 
now well enough to permit him to 
beat the ivories- again for a run at 
Hotel sutler. Cleveland, 



Inside Statf-Orchestras-Mosk 

a» 

Bands playing Coca-Cola broadcasts in various parts ot the country 
since the string started Ave nights weekly almost two and a halt years 
ago. have missed only three broadcasts in all that time. Coca-Cola keens 
transcriptions of complete programs on hand at WJZ, N. Y., the Blue net 
home base, in case of difficulties. These, are made by name combos and 
paid for at regular rates that the bands that make them usually pet for a 
coke shot. They are used only once, then discarded. 

While only three shows have been missed for various reasons, there 
have b:en numerous close calls. D'Arcy agency, which handles the ac- 
count, now bars flying to origination points. All approaches to broadcasts 
must Ut on terra (lima, forcing the scheduling of prior engagements rea- 
sonably close, to minimize the danger of Inst minute blocks. 

Band and music people who know o£ the situation have been annoyed 
no end by the action of a Hollywood civilian agent who complained to "the 
War Dept. about the activity of another onent who continued to hnne'le 
his affairs while in the Army. The 1-tter. who was in a position that al- ' 
lowed him much freedom at ni™ht to handle his affairs, got in the other's 
way.: A complaint to the commanding ofYi'cr got the civilian '.vent no- 
where, but the wire to Washington resulted in the transfer 'of the ajenl-GI 
to a midwestern post. The civ vie ajent's identity is well kmv.n despite 
the fact he signed another agent's name to the wire. , 

One of the better-known bass playcis, with various 'top-name orchestras 
the past few years, temporarily stepped out of the business recently during 
a trip to Florida with a band. While playing at a spot there the guy -ot 
into a big dice game and in the course ot the evening won around S3.000 — 
plus a six months' free lease on a Go-room house formerly belonging to a 
nationally known society figure. With the lease went all the trappings, in- 
cluding a big car and chauffeur. During: the latter part of the banc's run 
he came to work in the car 1 When the band closed and headed north, 
he stayed on to take advantage of his full winnings. 



RCA-Victor recently picked up four new artists for its Red Seal class- 
ical series. Three singers, Licia Albanese, now with the Metropolitan in 
N. Y.; Margaret Harshaw, also with the Met, and Robert Men-ill, were 
taken on along with the Argentine violinist, Ricardo OdqoposofT. 

Merrill, a baritone discovered at Grossinger's, Catskill, N. Y., vacation- 
spot, is now on the Blue network. He's managed by Moe Gale, who picked 
him up at the spot.. 



Clarence Gaskill. who writes topical pops to order, has reeled oft a 
couple to fit the times. One is titled "He's a Fellow With a Match (Look- 
ing lor a Girl With a Cigaret)" and the other is "Here Comes the Revenue 
Man." - 



Decca'a 30c Divvy 

Decca Records' board of directors 
last week declared a dividend of 30c. 
per share to stockholders of record 
March 13. 1945. This split is the same 
as the company declared for the 
same period (first quarter) of last 
year, and Sc. per share higher than 
that declared in 1943. 

Coin is distributable March 27. 



CoL Yeepees Sachs 

Marie Sachs was' named a v.p. of 
Columbia Recording Corp. last week 
by action of the company's board 
of directors. He is director of the 
company's Artists, and Repertoire 
division, headquartering in N. Y. 

Sachs goes into a Philadelphia hos- 
pital April 7 for an operation. 



W hy Waste Paper? The titles Tell The Story! 



BOMB- 
SHELL! 
A NO. 1 

LYRIC 

AND 
MELODY 

ANDY I 
RUSSELL'S 
HIT ! 
CAPITOL i 
Record No. 189 



I'LL REMEMBER SUZANNE 

NEGRA CONSENTIDA (My Pet Brunette) 



AN IDEA 
THAT IS 
PRICELESS 



EVERYBODY'S SEEN HIM 



BUT 

HIS 



DADDY 



SENSATION 
OF ALL 
SOUTH 
AMERICA 

CUTE, 
CATCHY 

AND 
CLEVER 



SANTA MARTA 



IN MY LITTLE RED BOOK 



AWARD B. MARKS MUSIC CORPORATION 



I BEGGED HER 

Lyri c by SAMMY CAH by JUL. STYNE 

Recorded by FRANK SINATRA - Columblo^^^^^^ 

fJJ^AKE^HE SUNSET? 



l y ,l« by SAMMY CAHN 

FRANK SINATRA - Columb.a 



Recorded by 



THE 



CHARM OF YOU 



Recorded by FRANK SINATRA - Co.umb.a 



7fall in love too easily 



Lyri c by SAMMY CAHN 

FRANK SINATRA - Columb.a 



Recorded by 



W 



E HATE TO LEAVE 

" " M . « u ,l« by JUIE STYNE 



ly r.« by SAMMY CAHN • M..l« by 



THE WORRY SONG 

I ■■ ...„.„„„. Mu.U by SAMMY IAIN 




44 



ORCHESTRAS-MUSIC 



WodnMflay, March 7, 1945 . 



NBC. CBS, Blue, Mutual Plugs 

FoVoicnui is (hi o) ill* Tir rt •i.'nturf >iic<|.i<ii m< the in : nrks for tin- 

week begiiminp Monday and through Sunday, Feb. 26-Afarch 4, f rcmi.5 .p.Tii 
to | am. List reprenriits the Inm m>:>; :.vimatetn 2Ti lenders in alphabetical 
order (in some cases there irre tics, accounting for a Ictnger list) The 
compilations embrace the NBC. CBS. Blue and Mutual Networks, as rep re 
tented by WEAF, WABC, WJZ and WOR. N. Y„ and are based on daia 
provided by Accurate Reporting Service, regular checking source ol the 
music piiWishino industry 

Accentuate the Positive— f'-Hori? Come the Waves". .Morris 

A tattle On the Lonely Side Advanced 

All Of My Life ".. .. .Berlin 

Candy Feist 

Confessin' Bourne 

Dream .Capitol 

Evalina— *"Bloomer Girl" Crawford 

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye— " 'Seven Lively Aits". . . '. .Ghappell 

I Didn't Know About You .Robbins 

I Dream of You ........ .Embassy 

I'm Beginning to See the.Light Grand 

I Should Care — i"Thrill of a Romance" Dorsey 

I Walked In— f'Nob Hill" . Miller 

Just a Prayer Away . .Shapiro 

Let's Take Long Way Home — f'Herc Come Waves" .. .Morris 

Magic Is the Moonlight — f "Bathing Beauty" Melpdylane 

More and More— f "Can't Help Singing" T. B. Harms 

My Dreams Are Getting Better . Santly 

My Heart Sings — f'Anchors Aweish" , Leeds 

Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Nijrht Barton 

Sleighride In July— t"Belle of the Yukon". .Burke 

Strange Music— '"Song of Norway" Chappell 

Sweet Dreams Sweetheart— f'Hollywood Canteen". ....... .Rcmick 

This Heart of Mine— f'Ziegfeld Follies'" .'Triangle 

Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ha— f'Going My Way". .Witmark 



t FUmumca. • Legit musical 



Tip Tuts tor Trat Bttks 

An AU-Time Favorite 

I FEEL A SONG 



Music by . . 
JIMMY McHUGH 



Published by 

ROBBINS 








top Ptop;.e *iu ociwc- 



AFTER AWHILE 



Pitt. Maestro Resigns 
Music Biz to Operate 
Meat-Grocery Mart 

Pittsburgh, March 6. 

Herman - Middleman, vet local 
pianist and theatre and nitery mae- 
stro, has virtually withdrawn from 
the music field to become the owner 
of a butcher and grocery store about 
10 miles out of town. Middleman 
bought the place couple of weeks' 
ago and is devoting all of his time 
to its operation. 

Pianist was -to hav« gone with 
Maurice Spitalny'a new staff orch on 
KQV, but gay* up that job at last 
minute when he became a store- 
keeper. 



10 Best Sheet Sellers 

(Week Ending, March 3) 
Dreams Getting Better. . .Santly 

Saturday Night Barton 

Little On Lonely Side. .Advanced 

Rum and Coca-Cola Feist 

Meet Me In St. Louis. ... .Vogel 
Accentuate Positive Morris 

Don't Fence Me In Harms 

I'm Beginning See Light. Wcmar 

Sweet Dreams .Remick 

More and More T. B. Harms 



G. Schirmer Keeps Carrie 
Jacobs Bond Music Catalog 

Hollywood, March 6. 

Carrie Jacobs Bond catalog, sought 
by half a dozen publishers, was re- 
tained by Q. Schirmer for the next 
five years. . 

Deal, Arranged by L. Wolfe Gil- 
bert with the aongwriter'i manager, 
Jaime Palmer, calls for a minimum 
payment of $15,000 ■ year. Former 
payoff was $8,000. 

Mfer FalrehlM and Jack Brooks 
defied "Uncle "Tom's Cabin," "Roll- 
in' Down the River Road" and "I 
Can't Get You Out of My Mind" for 
the Universal picture, "Naughty 
Nineties."- 



Curfew Shi 
Phiggers West 

Midnight curfew on, cafes is al- 
ready having its effect on the music 
business. A number of staff shifts 
are earmarked, sdme for the dura- 
tion of the WMC ruling, and others 
temporary. Moves so far definite 
among N. Y. contact men - include 
Murray Massey, who goes from N. Y. 
to Chicago for Stevens (Music (new 
Charlie Spivak firm); Julie Losch 
to Hollywood, for Bourne. Inc.; and 
Louis Camito, also to Coast, for 
Chelsea. Many other transfers are 
in the works. 

Reason for the moves, as cited 
in last week's "Variety," is that the 
curfew has forced the . elimination 
and curtailment of virtually all 
orchestra remote broadcasts out of 
N. Y. and the substitution of others 
emanating from midwest and coast 
points. This forces a redistribution 
of music manpower whose job it is to 
cover to contact such plug sources. 



FBI Grabs Bandleader 
On White Slave Charges 

Minneapolis. March 6. 

Rook Ganz, local colored band 
leader, is, out on $5,000 bond after 
being arrested by the FBI for al- 
leged violation of the white slave 
traffic act. It's charged that in 
June, 1943, he transported a 21 -year- 
Old white girl from Minneapolis to 
Deadwood, S..D., and placed her in 
a house of prostitution. 

A string of bordellos at Deadwood 
was smashed two years ago by the 
FBI. At that time 16 persons were 
arrested and sent to prison. 

GoUchmann's 15th Yr. 

■ St. Louis, March 6. 
Execs of the St. Louis symph so- 
ciety have re-engaged Vladimir Gol- 
schmann as maestro of the orch for 
the 15th consecutive year and the 
entire footer personnel for the 1845- 
46 season. The move was made after 
it was announced that the symph's 
maintenance fund drive ($120,000) 
was near attainment. Under terms of 
Golschmann's new pact he will di- 
rect all but three of the concerts 
during the forthcoming season. The 
footers for the new season will num- 
ber more than 80. 





10 iBest Sellers on Coin-Macfanies 

(Record* below are prabblna most nickel* this week in Jufcebo*»t 
throughout the country as reported by operator* to "Variety." Names ai 
more than on* band or vocalist after the title indicates, in order of oooii 
larity, who** recordings are being played, figure* and names in parm 
thesis indicate the number of week* «aeh song has been in rh« u,nV!l 
and respective publishers.) '"""W 
1. Rum and Coca-Cola (•) (Feist) Andrews Suiters .....,De oat 

f Crosby-Andrews .....Deeoa' 

I Johnny Mercer Capitol 

Crosby-Andrewt jfcee, 

Frankie Carle . . . .Columbia 
Frank Sinatra ... .Columbia 

6. I Dream of You (•) (Embassy)......... f T om , my •••-. Victor 

X J. Dorsey Deccs 

( Rum Morgan ....Deed* 



2. Accentuate Positive (8) (Morris). 



Don't Fence Me In (16) (Harms) 

Little On Lonely Side (J) (Advanced).. 
Saturday Night Is Loneliest (5) (Barton) 



7. There Goes That Song (12) (Shapiro).. 



( Sammy Kaye. 



• -Victor 



8. I'm Beginning to See Light (6) (Orand). I Vi*^ 7 J r ' mes Columbia 

I Duke Ellington ..... .victor 

8. My Dreams Getting Better (2) (Santly), 



10. I'm Making Believe (11) (BVC). 



Lea Brown Columbia 

( Ink Spots Dacca 

( Hal Mclntyre victor 



Robbins, Feist, 20th 

Wn45tHrWSiit 
Rid by Byroa Gay 

Judgment has been rendered dis- 
missing a $450,000 action in the 
N. Y. supreme court of Byron Gay 
against Robbins Music Corp., Leo 
Feist, and 2uth-Fox Film Suit was 
to recover 350G from Robbins and 
Feist and $100,000 from 20th-Fox for 
alleged unlawful use of Gay's song, 
"The Vamp." 

Feist purchased the song, together 
with "Sand Dunes," from Will Ros- 
siter in 1019 for the sum of $35,000. 
"The Vamp" became a reigning hit 
In the action Gay contended as he 
had only authorized Rosslter. to print 
copies and license phonograph re- 
cordings, Feist or Robbins never ac- 
quired the' right to perform the song 
or license synchronization rights. 
Twentieth Century "was -made a de- 
fendant because of its use of the 
song in "Rose of Washington 
Square." 

Julian T. Abeles, who appeared 
for all of the defendants, had previ- 
ously disposed of the action . as 
against 20th Century-Fox. 

Philly Orch 100G Pension 
Fund Built in 2 Years 

Philadelphia, March 6. 

Bank balance of the Philadelphia 
Orchestra Pension • Foundation has 
passed $100,000. 

Fund has been raised in past two 
years through series of special con- 
certs, featuring leading instrumen- 
talists and conductors. Final con- 
cert for this season will be April 17 
with Arturo Toscanini conducting 
an all-Brahms program. 




Per mw artist copm and ar- f 
— 'let Standard 1 




Ma, (He's Making Eyes At Me) 



More Burdint 



Continue* from page 1 



Mickey 



Mood Indigo 



My Sweetie Went Away 



Copyright by Milts Music Inc. 



practice of naming gals in show biz 
as "pinup" prize, winners for cer- 
tain GI groups, pointing out that at 
the front there is no such thing; they 
are publicity stunts. Only plx oar- 
Vied around by the fighting men are 
of their families and sweetheart*. 
Entertainment films ar* shown to 
GI's only where there are permanent 
bases, but there are none near the 
front lines, where all the men do 
are fight, eat and sleep in the main. 

But In the rest camps directly back 
of the front lines the Army ha 
spotted loudspeakers on whlci 
Armed Forces -Network program: 
are broadcast to the men. Top pro- 
grams heard in the U. S. are also 
heard by the men transcribed and 
late, but nevertheless in their en- 
tirety, less the commercials. - 




PIRRY IOTKIN 
AN* MANY OTHIR 
FAMOUS IIADIM 

Un this txl VISUAL record 
or Km Blti ot over 100 puo- 
ilihori, pluiold ftvorltea. 16- 
clvdn load •fa««ta »nd )yrl«» 
of chorus. . SAMPLES FREE. 



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ISStStslh Avchm 
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■ Birthday present to Marty 
Schramm's band, from ^management 
of Hotel Henry, Pittsburgh, was a 
new, straight, one-year ticket with- 
out the usual options. 



CrIIC 
MRMLE 
54 «. RmsWJ* St 
MICAM 



"A STORY OF TWO CIGARETTES " 

IS OUR SONO > 

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JUKI I0X OPERATORS 

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NUGHIE 
CLAUDIN 
15H J. ViM St. 
N0UYW00I 



Wednesday* March T, 1941 



VAUDIVILUB 



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WMC Orders Chi Talent Agencies 
To Reduce Staffs 10%; Femme Worries 



Talent offlcea in th« Chicago ar«a|' 
are faced with t aerloua employee 
problem because of a War Man- 
power Commission edlot curtailing 

' pir'ion'neTlnTaTC 
Jlam Morrle and General Arrius. ' 
Corp. offices have received notices 
ordering an Immediate 10 percent 

, slice In help and placing a ceiling on 
number of male employees outfit 
can have. Edict will eventually ap- 
ply to all non-essential industries 
fn that region which- includes Illi- 
nois, Wisconsin and Indiana, So far 
Music Corp. of America and Fred- 
erick Bros, branches haven't been 
notified. 

Problem posed with reduction In 
male personnel will be difficulty 

'-In: contacting niteries. It's felt that 
It's impractical to hire femme agents 

• because of late hours and danger to 
unescorted femmes making rounds 
of cafes. Agencies don't want to 
expose female employees to those 

. conditions. Again, ' most niteries 
don't like unescorted girls in their 

. spots. 

Agency execs feel that the WMC 

■ edict cont.iins a number of incon- 
' gtuities inasmtich as it fails to speci- 
fy age, draft status or physical con- 
dition of men it can dismiss or re-. 

. tain or whether dismissed men must 
go into war work. Another is the 

■ late 'date letter was received!' Note, 
received only last week, ordered, a 
f/o prunning by Feb. 15 and an- 
other five by March 1. This forced 
the full cut of I0<i'o at one time. 



Gerrocci Relieves Lowe 



Pat Gerrocci, form's: 'Bu'ftafd YefPioF 
American . Guild of Variety Artists, 
has been brought into the national 
AGVA office in New York to handle 
special assignments directly under 
Matt Shelvey, national administra- 
tor. First assignment will be to re- 
lieve Em(l Lowe, who had been 
temporary rep of AGVA in Balti- 
more. Lowe returns to • his former 
post in the *N. Y. local, working un- 
der Dave Fox. 

Gerrocci will remain in Baltimore 
until Shelvey picks a permanent rep 
there. Louis Smolov, who had been 
assistant '/> Gerrocci, takes charge of 
the Buffalo branch. 



Sophie Draws Capacity In 
1,000-Seat Seattle Nitery 

Seattle, March 6. 
Sophie Tucker has been drawing 
capacity at Mike Lyons' Show Box, 
which seats around 1,000. Admish is 
$1.25, but the main money comes 
from sud and pop sales inside. Two 
shows are set early, 8:30 and 10:30, 
which induces 'em to stay for both 
shows, helping drink sales, but not 

weeks' engagement here. Opens next 
at Music Hall in Portland. 



Nerret, Head of AGVA s Hub Local 
Removed for Brushing Off Charges 



Interstate Time Using 
Single Vaude Acts To 
Picture Breaks 



Loo Walters' Det. 'Quarter' 
Sued for $120,000 By 
OPA Over Price Ceilings 

Detroit, March 6. 

A suit for $120,000 triple damages 
for alleged over-ceiling charges on 
drinks was filed in Federal court 
here last week by the OPA against 
Lou Walters' Latin Quarter. OPA 
also is seeking an injunction to re- 
. strain the nitery from what It con- 
tends are. overcharges. 

New swank spot had its first brush 
with the OPA only a month after it 
opened last September. At that time 
It was charged that six kinds of 
■whisky, three types of beer and 

Jockta'ils were priced above ceilings, 
t set off a series of troubles for the 
■pot which also got an order to dis- 
charge 116 employees which the War 
Manpower Commission said were 
hired Illegally, a summons from the 
fctate Liquor Control Commission to 
explain its drink pricing and, on top 
of it, an employee disappeared with 
a^9j000jayroll^_^^^_^^^ 



AL TRACE 

And Hit 
SILLY SYMPHONISTS 

' 17 WHKS ON 

PHILIP MORRIS 

1'RO<:kam— <'hn 
With 

"IT PAYS TO II IGNORANT" 
SHOW 

Dir. I STAN ZIX'KKR 



PERFORMERS NOW IN 
ARMED FORCES 

Jf you lira In Knrtsiil Servian ur nol— 
■or lniiii«*illHte um» or punt-war return 
lu allow uiiKlnriia. 

Here It a Service You'll Always 
Want 

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AH Type rerforini*™ 
Burn Script <'(mtnlrm Ovi-r. 100 

Niire-FIre (intra — SI.OI) Kim-Ii 
Not. 1.2-3-4-5 Now Ready 

.Millir Clirrk* I'liynlila to 
' I'.U'l.A SMITH 
.\IrII lo "Kiin-.MiiKtrr" 
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San Antonio, March 6. 
Interstate Theatres in some of 
their key cities are introducing one- 
act vaude to break between pictures. 
Acts run between eight and 10 min- 
utes and are proving beneficial. At 
the ■ Majestic here, Bea Morin is 
heard at the keyboard of the piano 
in' "Classic vs. Swing." Novel mir- 
ror set up enable all in house to see 
her hit the keyboard. 

In Dallas, the Cass County Kids 
(3) are current on the stage of the 
Palace theatre and Kate Williams is 
holding forth at the Melba. 



CUGAT REOPENING N.Y. 
C0PACABANA APRIL 12 

Monte Proser's Copacabana, sole 
casualty on the East Side, nitery 
front when the main room closed 
with advent of the curfew, Feb. 26, 
will reopen April 12 with Xavier 
Cugat's orch. It's not yet determined 
whether show will go in as well or 
whether the Cugat entourage will 
provide the sole entertainment. 

Proser declares he's not certain 
about return. of the downstairs room, 
but it's known that Cugat's contract 
has been picked up again at $6,000 
weekly. . , • 

Proser states that the Cabana 
Room (upstairs bar) is holding its 
own, paying rent and other ex- 
penses. Ads currently running stress 
the food angle. 



Pitt's Vogue Terrace 

Is No Picnic Spot 

Pittsburgh, March , 6. 

Even the town's other riilery op- 
erators, who have taken it on the 
chin from time to time, freely ad- 
mit their, hard-luck doesn't hold a 
candle to that of Bill Household, 
operator of the 1,200-seat theatre- 
restaurant. Vogue Terrace, in East 
McKeesport, about 15 miles from 
heart of Golden Triangle. He's had 
it coming straight at him ever since 
he spent a young fortune, investing 
most of an inheritance, to enter the 
local cafe field. 

Generally looked lupon as this dis- 
trict's finest a ltd best-looking room, 
spot has been lambasted ever since 
it opened four years ago.. First came 
the war and gas rationing, then the 
ban on pleasure driving, which prac- 
tically ruined the spot for several 
months. This year the heaviest 
snows in half a century virtually 
isolated it for eight weeks. 

Household finally got going, how- 
ever, and then the roof caved in 
from the snows and he had lo close 
down again. Last week came Ihc 
curfew, and since nobody ever shows 
up at the out-of-the-way place 'until 
11 o'clockvat the earliest it-looks like 
curtains. . 



Adjustment Of 
Talent Salaries 
Going Smoothly 

Readjustments in talent salaries 
are going apace smoothly; 

Cuts in contracts, on a voluntary 
basis, average 20-.10% in the hotels 
and 25',i in the cafes. For the latter 
joints the. cuts become effective 
where they had to cut from three 
shows to two a night. The hotel 
slice- obtains where it's a case of 
only one show per night. 

It's no problem- for most hotels 
and niteries". It's only the big floor- 
show bistros which are having real 
trouble because of the heavy nut. 

Morris' System --- - 

Readjustment pf nitery contracts 
to suit curfew conditions has been 
started by the William Morris 
agency, which, is inserting multiple 
price clauses in all cafe pacts, based 
upon continuation of the curfew. 
Contracts now being signed- include 
clauses basing current working price 
upon . continuation of the Byrnes 
edict, another at a slightly higher 
rate based upon a 1 p.m. closing and 
the third contingent, upon repeal of 
the'edict. 

This system, inaugurated . last 
week, will still -contain the 1 p.m 
clause despite the fact that Byrnes 
killed all hopes of pushing back the 
shuttering- time an hour later. • 

Among pads signed with the three 
price ranges include those of Joe E. 
Lewis "for Ciro's Hollywood, : date 
based upon closing at the Copa- 
cabana, Miami Beach, but no later 
than May; and another for the De 
Marcos at the Shoreham hotel, 
Washington, for four weeks starting 
April 2. 

Other major offices so far haven't 
adopted this system. 



Comerford Houses Go 

New York and Pennsylvania, ' will 
institute legit and concert policy one 
night weekly in each of their houses. 
All attractions will be routed to start 
at the Capitol, Binghamtpn, and con- 
tinue with the Masonic Temple, 
Scranton, and the Capitol theatres, 
Wilkes-Barre and Pottsville. 

Policy starts April 9. with "Kiss 
and Tell," with "Student Prince" and 
"Life with Father" set for later 
dates. Houses will still continue 
their yaudfilm policy latter part of 
the week. 



SID PIERM0NT NOT 
REJOINING L0EW VAUDE 

Major Sidney Piermont, back in 
civvies, says he's not going to rejoin 
Loew's, where he was chief vaude- 
ville booker. That's one certain 
thing. 

What he's uncertain about are his 
future plans, although he has sev- 
eral things under consideration. 



A.C. Steel Pier Sale To 
Abe Ellis Set for This Wk. 

Negotiations for I he- purchase of 
the Steel Pier, . Atlantic City, from 
owner Frank Gravat for $900,000 are 
now being conducted. Prospective 
purchaser is Abe Ellis, N.Y. nitery 
concessionaire.' Deal will probably 
be consummated sometime this week. 

Gravat had a deal on the fire for 
the Pier last year, .with- Bud Abbott 
<-nd Lou Costello. At that time the 
selling price was reported to-be 
SI. 200,000. Pier was heavily dam- 
aged in last fall's hurricane, but 
was .covered- by insurance and has 
since been repaired. 



jj^way, forking 



ROBERTS 



hitey 

Now nil Fourth Week 

WALTON ROOF, PHILA. 

StnrflnK SlHrcli I II li 
•M.ACKHAWK VAVK. CIIKACO 
I-hIIii (tuitrtrr, Orlroll 



Split Weekends Now 

They're now splitting split weeks. 
Slate.y Hartford, a three-day' stand, 
has set Henny Youngman and Dixie 
Dunbar- headlining Friday <9) and 
Saturday, and Jimmy Dorsey's orch- 
sUa booked for Sunday. 

Reason for this parJ-.-.tlar brea!: 
is. fact that Dorsey was available 
only on that date in the Hartford 
.;rea. 



; Willie Shore Into Chez 
Paree, Chi; 2 Yrs. on USO 

Willie Shore, recently returned 
from a USO lour, is starting his first 
nitery dale since coming back at 
'the' Che* Paree, Chicago. March 13. 
He's been playing (he European 
theatre of war for two years. 

Split Vaude-Legit 

Cenler theatre. Norfolk, Is varying 
its usual vaude diet with a fling Into 
legit. Booked for March 16 Is the 
Jiiles Levinthal production of "You 
Can't Take It With You." 

p.ilipv of this house is -to take 
Ic'-it- r-Ut-fvetien*. vthnn, l flivaMahU..|n. 
the sr. a. Run is for one week,' after 
which the Center resumes vaude 
sh-nvs booked. by the Hal Sands office. 



AGVA Okays Afternoon 
Sessions Without Change 
In Existing Contracts 

Trend of some N. Y : niteries as 
well as those in other key cities to 
experiment with weekend matinees 
lo recoup some of the losses accrued 
through the midnight closing edict, 
will not clash with -American Guild 
of Variety Artists regulations, as had 
been feared, 

AGVA, despite current contracts 
calling for night appearances only, 
has notified members of the union 
that .the matinees will be allowed 
without any change in current con 
tracts, but in new contracts the 
matinee sessions must be cited prop 
erly or they Won't be allowed. 



DOWNTOWN, CHI, GOING 
BACK TO BURLESQUE 

Chicago, March 6. 
Despite reports floating around for 
last few weeks, that Downtown the- 
atre would dump its vaudefilm policy 
for legit, house is definitely skedded 
to- return to burlesque, Friday, 
March 16. 

■ It was reported that New York 
producers were interested, but lack 
of backstge space puts anything but 
vaude or burley out of the question. 
Burley was decided upon, according 
to Jack Barger, operator, because of 
impossibility of getting a consistent 
diet of first-class attractions, which 
in face of Lionel Hampton's sock 
$30,000 diet) chalked up in last week 
of house's operation as a vauder, Is 
little short of heartbreaking. 

Milt Shuster now lining up the 
cast and Paul Morokoff set as pro- 
ducer and dance, director. 



*■ Fred Nerret, head of the Bostoa 
local of the American Guild of Va- 
riety Artists, waa removed from that 
post last week by summary action of 
Matt Shelvey, national administrator 
of AGVA, for failure to appear at 
national headquarters in New York, 
as directed, to refute charges of con- 
duet unbecoming an AGVA official. 

Multiple charges against Nerret 
by performer-members of the talent 
union, franchised agents and nitery 
operators had been lodged several, 
weeks ago, At the time, AGVA com- 
piled a list of the complaints and 
forwarded a qopy to Nerret so that 
he could put in a defense. . Dave 
Fox, head of the N/Y. local of 
AGVA, was then dispatched to Bos- 
ton to hold hearings on the charges. 
Nerret refused to appear at the 
hearing, according to Fox, who then 
recommended Nerret's suspension. 

Shelvey. then is said to have given 
Nerret another opportunity to de- 
fend himself by summoning all com- 
plainants to AGVA headquarters in 
N. Y. The accusers showed up but 
Nerret did not. Summary dismissal 
followed. 

. Freddie Dale, currently repre- 
senting AGVA in Ohio territory, will 
take over the Hub territory for 
AGVA next week with Pat Patton 
succeeding Dale in Ohio. 



Weekends at Orpk, J. C. 

Orpheum, Jersey City, which re- 
verted to. straight pix policy several 
weeks ago, will resume vaude bills 
on last half beginning Marop 22. 

Spot will play Ave acts plus 
double features. - 



Bookbinder's Restaurant, 
Phila., Given for Free 
To Jewish Charities 

Philadelphia, March 6. 

Old Bookbinder's Restaurant, one pf 
the most famous eating houses In 
America and known to people in 
show . business for more than 80 
years, was given away— lock, stock 
and barrel— to the Federation of 
Jewish Charities here last week. 

Place was presented to the organ- 
ization, by Harmon L. Blackburn, 
noted N. Y. attorney and show bit 
figure. Gift included everything In 
the place, including the cash in the 
till, and a collection of theatre lares 
and penates valued at thousands of 
dollar's. 

Blackburn's collection of playbills 
includes those of the original Park 
theatre, New York; London's Covent 
Gardens; the bill of the "Black 
Crook," played in 1879; Tony Pas- 
tor's, and program featuring Joseph 
Jefferson In "Rip Van Winkle," at 
the Grand Opera House here. Black- 
burn will remain as manager at $1 a 
year. 

Bookbinder's does a yearly busi- 
ness of $500,000 and was founded by 
Samuel and Cecilia Bookbinder in 
1889: Mrs. Bookbinder was the found- 
er of the Federation of ' Jewish 
Charities. Minimum value of the 
business, according to experts, la 
$250,000. 



Bill Hardey, operator of Bill's Gay 
90's nitery, N. Y., has shuffled plans 
again and postponed production of • 
vaude unit, "Bill Hardey's Gay Nine- 
ties Revue,"' which he planned con- 




48 



YAUDEYILUI 



WHnesday, March 7, 1945' 



S. A. Nitery Bookings Again Looking 
Up, Despite War ; Dates at Copa. Rio 



Bookings, in South American* 
oasinos, cut off by the war, appear 
to be resuming. First to be booked 
Latin ward in some time is Evelyn 
Knight, set for the Copacabana in 
Rio de Janeiro, May 17. There's also 
the possibility that Bernard Bros, 
may also leave at that time, although 
contract isn't signed yet. 

Before the war, Brazilian nitenes 
used a considerable amount of Amer- 
ican talent and spent heavy dough 
for names. But war-time shipping 
difficulties made it impossible to 
continue. Miss Knight will go down, 
by Clipper. 

It's claimed that S. A. casinos are 
•till clamoring for name acts, but 
bookers here were unwilling to take 
chances on Clipper travel, citing the 
fact that a gal singer was pulled off. 
a plane at Trinidad several months 
•go and had to. return to this coun- 
try. 



VAUDE VICE BUBLEY 

Los Angeles, March 6. 
Follies theatre, on Main street, 
closed for staging a hot burlesque 
•how, was granted a. police permit as 
a vaudeville house, under new man- 
agement. 



THE AMAZING 

LADY ETHEL 

AND 

DR. JESTER 

Marvels of Magical 
Perception 

SUAVE 
MYSTIFYING 
fflLARJOif* 




Rararalacj from overseas after 13 
■■ I fci with Hm U.S.O.. 5 ■•*•*» 
•a Ik* fotfcoW cJrcatt la Froace, 
La w aba a rg aa4 ©or- 



Cnrrently at the 

NORMANDIE ROOF. MOUNT 
ROYAL HOTEL, MONTREAL 

M.C.A., NEW YORK 



LYRIC TENOR 

Singer of ballads find operatlcs 
would like to team up with 
pianist that Is good accompanist, 
or harmop^ singers. 

E. FRANK 

1310 Ge-. ■> St., CKc^go 13, III. 



Trial Shift Obtained By 
606'ers on Polico Charges 

Chicago, March 6. 
Five members of cast and man- 
agement of 608 Club, arrested last 
month for indecent exposure, disor- 
derly conduct and immoral songs, 
won a change of venue last week 
from Women's Court. According to: 
defense attorney, Bailey Stanton, it 
was claimed they couldn't get an im- 
partial trial before Judge J. - W. 
Braude. 

Case, hailed by civic groups at first 
as precursor of other raids, but since 
toned down because of curfew's ef- 
fects on nitery habits, is skedded to 
be reassigned this week by Chief 
Justice Scheffler. All defendants 
are. out on bonds totaling $600. 



CLUB FOREST, NEW 0., 
DESTROYED BY FIRE 

New Orleans, March 6. 

Club Forest, one of best-known 
night spots .and gambling casinos in 
the south, was completely destroyed 
by Are Wednesday (28). Blaze 
started in the engine room at 1 a. m. 
and spread rapidly. 

Spot was .owned by a syndicate 
headed by Henry Mills, which re- 
cently purchased it from, the 
O'Dwyer. Bros, for a price reported 
in excess of $300,000. Damage was 
estimated at $500,000. with insurance 
covering about $100,000 of the loss. 



Tommy Ryan Imposter 
Fools Pitt. Nitery Man 

Pittsburgh. March 6. 
' Singer who said he was Tommy 
Ryan, formerly of the Sammy Kaye 
band, walked into Don Metz' Club 
Casino, recently and said he was 
home for a brief stay and would 
like to pick tip some work. Metz, 
knowing. Ryan hails from here, 
figured he had come back to be near 
his draft board and hired him on the 
spot. 

End of first week's engagement, 
after. he had been paid and told that 
his option was being taken up In- 
definitely, "Ryan" was spotted by a 
local newspaperman, .who said he 
was an impostor. Singer bluffed it 
out, said he would be back with 
proof, but apparently blew town in 
the meantime. He never showed up 
for the beginning of his scheduled 
second week. 



Chat. (Tramp') McNaHy 
Now a Nitery Operator 

Charles (Tramp) McNally, former 
vaude and burlesque comic, Is be- 
coming a nitery Impresario via 
McNally's Corner, Paterson, N. J. 

McNally operated a cafe In Peter- 
son for several years and recently 
acquired an adjacent spot which he 
has converted Into a nitery with 
band, floorshow and all the trap- 
pings. 



Unit Renew 



Night Club Reviews 



Kitty Carlisle Booked Into 
Versailles Vice Brisson 

Kitty Carlisle will make her first 
N. Y. nitery appearance in several 
years when she opens at the Ver 
sailles, March 14, as replacement for 
Carl Brisson. 

Brisson heads north to the Mount 
Royal Hotel, ' Montreal, where he 
starts a three week date, March 19, 



3 Hub Cafes Unfair' 

Three Boston niteries have had 
unfair actions leveled against them 
by the national office of. American 
Guild of Variety Artists for failure 
to pact basic minimum agreement 
with talent union and post cus- 
tomary bond covering one week 
salary for acts. 

Trio are the Village Barn, Stage 
Door and Carnival Cafe. 



Sons O' Fun 

(EARLE, F HILLY) 

Philadelphia, March 2. 
Olsen and Johnson production of 
tabloid version of the hit revue with 
Martv May, Fred <P« ,1S V) Sanborn, 
Bobby Jarvis, Carolyn Marsh, Belty 
Tanner, Buddy Thomas, Short)/ 
Renna, Moron's Hats, Chorus Ltne 
(20) and others. 

Olsen and Johnson are putting the 
saga of "Hellzapoppin" in reverse 
with this tab unit of , "SOF" break- 
ing in at the Earle on the start of a 
nation-wide vaude trek. _ 

With "Hellza," Messrs. O & J 
started at the Earle with a vaude- 
sized edition, then expanded it to the 
regular legit revue which cleaned up 
plenty. . , 

"Sons"— in its boiled-down edition, 
—is much better than "Hellza" ap- 
peared at the Earle. Although O St J 
don't appear in this 65-minute 
stanza, they master-minded the. 
opening from backstage and it had 
all the screwy characteristics of the 
original. ' ■ ' 

• Marty May does a nifty chore of 
m.c.ing the zany goings on, which 
despite the breakin (when reviewed) 
moved at extremely rapid pace with 
all the gadgets, stooges, birds flying 
from the ceiling, etc., coming off in 
split-second precision. 

Show has everything parent pres- 
entation had. There's the gal run- 
ning through the audience trying .to 
find someone to' take . care of her 
baby; ducks and cows fall down 
from the rafters every time some- 
one fires a gun; a giant aP e dashes 
through the audiences people argue 
in the aisles and take their clothes 
off; a stork floats down from the 
balcony and drops a baby on a 
woman patron's lap... and at least 
half a hundred other gags which sets 
the audience into a constant state of 
guffawing. 

Among the principals, Fred San- 
borne holds down the major spot, 
clowning" all through the show and 
ringing the gong with his always en- 
tertaining stint at his xylophone. 

Carolyn Marsh fronts the line In a 
couple of numbers; Betty Tanner, 
talented midget, teams .up with 
Buddy Thomas in some sock dance 
routines; Bobby Jarvis helps put 
with plenty of laughs as well as do- 
ing principal role in some hysterical 
blackouts. 

Shorty Renna ambles in and out of 
almost every scene, chasing hula 
girls with lawnmowers and' the like, 
while Moran the hat juggler tosses 
his chapeaux through the audience 
in an act that he's been doing for a 
couple of decades but still rates a 
spot on any bill. 

The line, both male and femme 
members, is away above average 
both in looks and terps ability. 

Music is provided by Earle pit 
band, which does an excellent job 
considering the tricky cues and gag 
music and lack of time for rehearsal 
Crowd seemed to enjoy every min- 
ute of the hectic business and there 
were plenty of standees when re 
viewed (Fri. afternoon). Shal. 



Marine Room, Chi 

(EDGEWATER BEACH HOTEL) 

Chicago, March 2. 
Vic Hyde, Juvelys (2). Dorothy 
Hild Dancers (10), Emil Vrmdas 
Orch (17), with Trudy Marsh and 
George Devron. 

Minus swell lighting effects"', in 
Dorothy Hild Dancers T production 
numbers, Marine Room's current 30- 
minute layout would be pretty dull 
stuff, mainly because of ■trite sup- 
porting acts. Aa it is, there's plenty 
of color and movement In opening 
"Bolero" number by the line (which 
would' be more helpful lh closing 
Spot) to merit some fast rounds of 
applause from rlngsiders and offset 
the general bogged-down effect. 

Following opener, in which girls 
shoot off sparks with secfuined hoops 
and costumes, Juvelys take over in 
standard cylinder-and-board stint. 
Climax, head-balance with four balls 
between heads, gets polite mitting. 

Vic Hyde's hillbilly stuff with 
trombone proves an anti-climax to 
his one-man band circus parade 
strut while tootling four trumpets. 
Act, in which he graduates from one 
to a quartet of trumpets, giving im- 
prcshes meanwhile of Henry Busse's 
"Hot Lips," Clyde McCoy's "Sugar 
Blues" and Harry James". "You Made 
Me Love You," could be improved 
plenty by spotting the four-horn 
gimmick at the end and shaving the 
silly giggle and too-numerous refer- 
ences to virtues of his home town, 
Niles, Mich. 

Girls wind up with effective "Ara- 
bian Nights" production, in which 
one of them, a Chinese, gets solo 
spot for some pert arabesques. 

Emil Vandas' band, (is usual, 'with 
Trudy Marsh and George Devron 
piping neat vocals, provides every- 
thing from Rimsky-Korsakov .to I. 
Berlin, and very well too, Mike. 



Lai In < k uurtcr, Chi 

Chicago, March 3. 
Bert Wheeler, Fred Keating, Grace 
and Nikko, Jackie Heller, Beth Far- 
Tell, Arthur Rice, Latin Lovelies (8), 
Bernie Cummiiigs Orch (12), Don 
Chiesla Orch (6) ; $3 and $3.50 niini- 
mum. 



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RIVERSIDE THEATRE, MILWAUKEE 

ORIENTAL THEATRE, CHICAOO 

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Saranac • 

By Happy Benway 

Saranac, N. Y., March 6 

Len Grotte penciled in for another 
operation. . 

Helen Grupp, secretary at Repub- 
lic Pix, has checked in at the Rogers. 

"Old Timers Ni»ht" brought out 
many connected with the theatre 
and curing here: among them were 
Jimmy Marshall, Carl Greaves, 
Arthur Alverez, A. B. Anderson 
Ernie Burnet, Benny Ressler and 
Arthur Neiderbuhl. 

Vilmos Gymes upped for suppers 
and making nice comeback. 

The passing away of Edward 
Riddle at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was 
a sad blow to many of this colony 
He had aided many of the actors 
colony. * 

Joe Dabrowski appointed down 
town shopper for the gang at the 
Rogers, while Ben Nadler, upped 
for mild exercise, is mail delivery 
clerk. 

Ben Schaffer will spend his 10-day 
furlough in Alabama visiting his 
nephew, who is stationed at Army 
camp there. 

James Wottori, former Albany the- 
atre manager, has added so much 
poundage, he Is now permitted mild 
exercise. 

Tootle Emerson . received a dozen 
American beauty roses from an ad- 
mirer who 1* elated over her swell 
progress. 

Write to theme who are III. - 



Johnny Bothwell and slick trumpet 
by Tommy Allison. Don D'Arcv 
baritones his way through «rw m 
Trouble With Me Is You" and "l 
Promise You" to good results and 
band winds up with "Concerto for 
the Duke," a medley of Ellington 
tunes. 

Prof. Backwards is a hit with his 
jomedy chatter. Ambling on in • 
cap and gown the Prof, dishes out « 
line of chatter that draws bellv" 
laughs and follows with a demon, 
stration on the blackboard durine 
which he writes long words upside 
down . and backwards. . pronouncing 
them backwards as he writes for 
heavy palmwhacklng. ' 
Mardoni and Louise mystify with 
routine of magic and mlnd-readina 
feats that click.. Open with a ChU 
nese ring gag, worked with a little 
girl from the audience that bringo' 
laughs. Card between two plates of 
glass- trick is outstanding. Close 
with their w.k. mind-reading rou- 
tine with Mardoni working in th« 
audience and Louise remaining on 
the stage. P-) rvrr bi- Morg. 

Petition Asks Police 
To Close D.C. Barley 

Washin;„o:\ March 'n. '.■ 
In a petition, presented by church 
organizations, the Board of. District 
Commissioners was asked to revoke 
the license of the Gayety theatre, the 
only burlesque house In town. Pe- 
tition was referred to Superintend- 
ent of Police Edward Kelly for an 
investigation. 

Petitions claim the burlesque 
house should be closed in the Inter- 
est of public decency. It cited that 
it is attended largely by young peo- 
ple, 'with men in uniform often con-' 
stituting 70% of the audience. 



Current bill looks better on paper 
than it plays, and it can't all be 
blamed on first-night jitters. Even 
discounting the things that usually 
go wrong on opening night, two of 
the acts showed up very badly. One 
of these was the . vet comedian Bert 
Wheeler. 

Wheeler, now working with Fred 
Keating, has been seen to better ad- 
vantage. He definitely needs a rou- 
tine. As shown here, everyone in 
the act groped about as if they didn't 
know what to do next. The con- 
glomeration of bits, chatter and. bus- 
iness looked like they were thrown 
together In a hurry and not re- 
hearsed. Keating, who also acted as 
emcee of the show, contributed a 
card trick or two and a steady line 
of chatter. Both were assisted by 
Arthur Rice In an unfunny way. 
Wheeler should get to work, but 
quick, on material and a routine. 

Grace and Nikko were the other 
offenders. Nikko, breaking in a new 
Grace, should have broken in some- 
where else before accepting a Loop 
date. New femme partner is a look- 
er but needs plenty of polishing. As 
a result team s dance caricatures are 
mildly-received. 

Jackie Heller, who recently re- 
turned from a long USO overseas 
jaunt, is the hit of the bill. Heller 
oozes personality and sells a song for 
all it's worth. "Don't Fence Me In,'' 
"My Heart Sings." "Saturday Night 1 
two Irish tunes and a few choruses 
of "Rum and Coca-Cola" send him 
off a solid hit. 

Latin Lovelies work in two rou- 
tines directed by Selma Marlowe. 
Opening, a fan waltz, brings on Beth 
Farrell, blonde looker, for a session 
of startling cohtortionistlcs and x ac- 
robatics that elicits a big hand, and 
closing number has girls in radium- 
treated costumes for routine to "St, 
Louis Blues." 

Irving Kostal conducted Bernie 
Cummins' crew for the show in an 
expert manner, and Cummins deliv- 
ers a smooth brand of dance music. 

Morg. 

Panther Roem, Chi 

(SHERMAN HOTEL) 

Chicago, March 3. 
Boyd Raeburn and His Orchestra 
(17) with Margie Wood and Don 
D'Arcy, Prof. Backwards, Mardoni 
and Louise; $1.50-$2.50 minimum. 

Like most bands that play here, 
Boyd Raeburn's seems to forget that 
this place has a low ceiling and turns 
on as much volume as If the outfit 
were playing a theatre or dance hall. 
In Its muted moments, which arc- 
few, Raeburnts outfit is good listen- 
ing. 

Band opens the show with blatant 
version of "Our Delight," followed 
by Margie Wood, femme soloist, who 
pleases with "Heart of Mine" and 
"I Wanta Get Married." Next is 
clicko arrangement of ' "Summer- 
time," fenturlng solid sax tooting of 



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With 

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And 

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"TWO CRAZY PEOPLE" 
Overseas for VSO 

Dir. i HARRY GREBEN 
Praia: DICK RICHARDS 



PAUL REGAN 

COMIC-SATIRIST 

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(Week March 1st) 



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Variety Bills 



WEEK OF MABCH 0 



Itaraerals la eenneoUoa with bills below Indicate opealoa day ol than 
whether tall or spill unit 




NKW *OBK CITV 

Capitol (8) 
Xavler CU6at 
Lena Homo 
ROM Walker 
The Garclas 
Paul Regan 

State (8) 
Vincent Lopez Oro 



Betty Ann Nyman 
Sbolla Barrett 
Johnny Burke 
WASHINGTON 
Capitol (8) ' 
Jay C Fllppen 
Jane Kean 
Lucky Gls 



Paramount 



Kay Martell . 

3 MndernottcB 
PROVIDENCE 

Metropolitan (O-ll) 

Somb o' Fun 

HPBIMiFIRLD - 
Court Sq (H-ll) 

4 Ernies 
Robs A Dean 
Cleo Plorenz 
M'Farlancl & Brown 
Aruo K. Lee . 
Hope ft Coyle 



WASHINGTON 
Howard (9) 

Lucky Mlllinder Or 
Ida James 
3 Pome 

SI ay man All Tr 
WOONSOCKET 
New Park (9-11) 
Flelda & Coleman 
T Hanlon & Sla 
Jean,. Jack ft-Judy 
(Two to fill) 



Cabaret Bills 



NEW YOBK CITY 



NEW YORK CITY 
Paramouot (?) 

Ink Spots 

Blla FltzKorald 

Buck & Bubbles . . . 

Ralph - Brown 

Cootie Williams . Bd 
'CHICAGO 
Chicago (7). 

Rose Marie - 

Oil Malson ' 

Danny Drayson < 
Be«nl <?) 

Dorothy Doncgan 



Ernie Fields Bd 
Howell & Bauser 
4 Elglns 

MIAMI 

Olymiila (7) 
Catherine Harris 
Johnny Faust 
Wully Ward Co 
Myrtll & Plcaud 
Homo Vincent 

OMAHA '- 

Orpheum (7) 
Ted Lewie Bd 



RKO 



BOSTON' 
Boston (8) 
The Roxyottee 
Dave Apollon Co 
Martha Tllton 
The Imnglnatorn 
CLEVELAND 
PaUce (8) 
Cab Calloway Ore 
Holme* & Jean 
Bill Bailey 



Rlmaca 
Jean Carroll 
Allan Jones 

ROCHESTER 
Temple (9-U) 
Johnny Lone Oro 
Joan Carroll 
Bualnssmtl Rhythm 
SAN FRANCISCO 
Golden Gato (7) 
Ted Flo Rito Ore 



mil's ouj n's . 

Ethel Ollberl 
llernle Orauer 
Harold Wlllard 
Jack Ryan 
Charles Strlcliland 
Jimmy Burns 
BIIIKelsey 
Sly tin's Ouarlette 

Blue Angel 
Evelyn KnlKht 
Eddlo Mayehoft ' 
Hernards 
Pearl llalley 
Norbert Faconl 
H Chltllsbn (8) 
Care Sot-let* 
(Uptown)' 
Hazel Scott 
Imog-ene Coca 
Avon Long 
Wm Franklin 
Gene Field (3) 
Ed Hall Ore 

Cafe Society - 
(Downtown) 
Mary Lou Wrns 
Barbara Leeds 
Josb White 
Cliff Jackson 
Phil Moore Oro 
Carnival 
Silvia & Christian 
Ullalne Malloy 



Art Waner Oro 
Monte Car In 
Dick Qaaparre On 
Suzanne Ta Fel 
Alberto Oro 
Oetjen's 
(Brooklyn) 
Jerry Baker 
The Suns 
Jimmy O'Brlea 
Leona Mann 
Billy Griffith 
Will Ward 
Singer Midgets 
Mousle Powell Bd 
Old nmiiniiiilun 
Jan Bart 
Olga Woytova 
Sadie Banks 
Lynn & Lehe 
Shirley Barron Bd - 
In* liuPorle t ii ,- ■ 
Rogers Corner 
'Harry Lofrciuri on 
Clark's Hawnllans 
Harold Green 
Freshmen 
Mara Trio 
Korn Kobblers 
Sin Srhatz Ore 

Romnnlan Village 
Jennie Goldstein 
Vora Nlva . 
Henry ■Bermnh' 



49 



R Walton Dancer* 
H Jacobson Oro 
Stork Clab 

Moralbs Oro 
Ernie Hoist Oro 
Stan Keller Oro 
Tony Pastor's 
Uptown 
Steve Murray 
Johnny & George 
Jerry Baker 
Ross . Leonard 
Thelma Nevlna 
Betty Green- 
Florette Gilbert 
Mara Kim 
Joe De Carle Ore 

Versailles 
Carl Brlsson 
Vera Holly 
Copsoy & Ayers 
Bob Hopkins 
Bob Kennedy 
Marian Nlles 
M Bergere Ore 
Mnnehlto Bd 

Zanalbar 
BUI Robinson 
Louis Armstrong 
Maurice Rocco 
Nicholas Bros 
-Delta Rhythm Boy* 
Pemrs Sis 



Hal Mclntyre 
Ruth Gaylor 

Hotel Dlile 
Don Baker Ore 

llnirl ftllsoa 
Ray Herbeck 

Essex lloose - 
Harold Stern Oro 
Bunty Pendleton 

Hotel Lexington 
Mom I Kal 
Tapu Kaua 
Tallma 
Malle 
Moklhana 
Harold Aloma Ore 

Hotel Lincoln 
Geo Paxton Oro 
Hotel New Vnrket 
Mary Jano I.awsob 
Jerry MapeB '. 
Billy Peterson 
Mary Jane Teo 
Jerry Wald Oro I 
lintel rrnnavlvnrlls 
Jimmy Doraey Ore . 
Teddy Walters 
Pattl Palmer 

Hotel Plerro^ 
RuBselt Swann 
Stanley Mclba Ore 

Hotel Plan 
Morton Downey 
I Ray Benson Ore 



BOOKING THE NATION'S LEADING IITOEPENDENT 
VAUDEVILLE THEATRES 

EDWARD SHERMAN AGENCY 



NEW YORK 

PARAMOUNT BUILDING 



BEVERLY HILLS. CAL 

CALIFORNIA BANK BLDB 



Dottle flaultera 
Caballettes 

COLUMBUS 
Palace (18-18) 
Lebrac ft Bernlce 
I Stowaways 



Fled Pipers 
Jackie Green 
Walter Nlleson 
SIOUX CITY 
Orphean. (8-11) 
Marcus Rev 



Warner 



NEW YORK CITY 
Strand (») 

Carmen Cavallaro O 
Nip Nelson 
Peter Lerre 
Sa ndra Barrett 
PHILADELPHIA 
Earle (») 
Wood & Kelly 
Bobby Sherwood Or 



The Fontaines 
UTICA 
Stanley (6-8) 
Johnny Long Ore 
Wilson ft Franchey 



Pat Hennlng 

wasbtng: 



TON 
Earle (•> 

Roxyettes 

Ted ft Flo Vallett 



NEW YOBK CITY 
Mnsle Hall (8) 

Jane Deerlng 

Carolina Segrera 

Bill ft Cora Balrd 

Zarco ft Beryl 

Los Andrlnls 
Roxj (7) 

Victor Borge 

Al Gordon 

Joan Edwards 

Paul Ash Oro 
LONG ISLAND 
Jamaica. (8-11) 

Billy Wells 

« Fays 

Renee & Calvert 
BAM Crane 
Bob Coffey 
(One to nil) 
(8th only) 

J ft T Fayo 
yons ft Seton 
(Two to HID 
BALTIMORE 
Hippodrome (8) 
I Latllp Sla 
Ted Leary 
Susan Miller 
Frankle Convllle 
Montana Kid 

Royal (8) 
Noble Slasle Oro 
Ul Oreene 
Butterbea,na ft Susie 
„ State (8-10) 
Al Striker 
Jack Olaen 
Lewis ft Brooks 
t Hollyw'd Steppers 

(11-14) 
Duke Art 
Harris ft Allen 
Anger ft Beck 
Jans ft Lawler ' 
BOUND BROOK 
Brook (10-11) 
Freckles Ray 
J ft J West 
Jonss ft- Lyons 
(Two to Oil) 

CAMDEN 
. Towera (8-11) 
Jordan ft Parvla 
Adele Pariah 
Bonn ft Mathews 
Whltey Roberts 
Oautler-a SteeplcClis 

ULIXARRTII 
„ Liberty (8-H) 
The Duvartts 
SM Slate 
Fielder ft Harriet 
. Kathleen Stanley 



Mary Barnett 
FITCHBURG 
Lyrto (10-11) 
Jelly Roll & Zuxu 
Laddy Lamont 
HARTFORD 
State (9-10) 
Henny Youngman 
Bob Howard 
Joan Brooks 
Dlxlo Dunbar 
Palermo's Doge 
HOLYOKE 
Indian Pine Boom 

(8-10) 
Rich ft Gibson 
Phyllis Willis 
Valley Anns (11) 
Stan Kenton Ore 
Jerry ft Turk 
Zelalhe 
Phyllis Willis 
(Three to nil) 
INDIAN APOUN 
Circle (») 
Henry Buase Ore 
Jean Parker 
Vivian Newell 
Gene Baylos 
NEWABK 
Adams (») 
Johnny .Johnston 
Gloria Jean 
Jan Murray 
Rosa Wyse, Jr 
R ft V Plckert 
NORFOLK 
Center (9) 
I Little Sis 
Joey Rardln 
3 Samuels 
Radio Aces 

PATEKBON 
Majestic (8-11) 
Eddie Rector 
Clayton ft Phillip" 
Burton ft Janet 
Tom O'Nell 
Frisco's Seals 
(12- 14) 
Jordan ft Parvls 
Adele Parish 
Count Maurice 
Carr ft Ormond 
Aerial LaFommce 
PAWTUCKET 
Capitol ai) 
Clark ft Green 
Rich ft Gibson 
(Four to fill) 
PHILADELPHIA 

' Victor ft Ruth • 
Bloseom Sla 



Calgary Bros 
Stevens Br ft Big B 
Shorty 

Lamplighters (4) 
Lucy Gillette 
B Lane & Clalra 
Ben Yost («) 
Frank Sorrell 
Art Mooney Oro 
Casino Boise 
Olga Baclanova 
Adla Kuznetzoff 
Simeon Karzaeff 
Codolban Ore 
Club IS 
Roy Bedley 
Vln'.e Curran 
Ann Denis 
Gays Dixon 
Jerry Bergen 
Flora VestoD 
Gordon Andrews O 

Co pa cabana 
T ft Sally De Marco 
Dixie Roberts 
Patsy Brewster 
Roland Twlna 
Marty Martin Oro 

Con Rooge 
Dick Wilson Ores 
B Blzony Ensemble 
Diamond Boneeno* 
Bob Hall 
La Pierre 
Frank Ross 
Lionel Kayo 
Emma Francle 
Hazel Mangean < 
Marcla Dale 
Cecil Lewln 



Mark Monte Ore 
Hotel Roosevelt 
Guy Lombardo Ore 
Hotel savoy Plasa 

Kay Klmber . 
Roy Fox' Bd 
Phil Burton 
Goorglana Bannister 

Hotel St. Regis 
Josephine Houston 
Harger ft Maye 
Fred Miller Ore 
T Brooks Organ 
Dorothy Shay 
Paul Sparr Ore 
Laszlo Oro 

Hotel Tait 
Vincent Lopez Ore 
Hotel Waldorf- A 
Victor Borge 
Fred & E Barry 
Leo RelBman Oro 
Mlacha Borr Ore 

Iceland 
Sammy Birch 
4 Whirlwinds 
La Mar ft Martin 
Muriel Kretlow Gls 
Boyd Heathen 
Ted Eddy Oro , 
Angelo Bd 

Jimmy Kelly'* 
La Rublo 
Jean Colvlna 
Rudya Lynn 
Jo Ann Collyer 
Aloma 

Uenee 

Roalta 
Diane Page 



America's Ltodleg I ' d i p— d i t 
Ageat 

EDDIE SMITH 

1501 Broadway 
N«w York 



Gloria LoRoy 
Billy Banka 
Bill Quentmeyer 
Mitchell Brother 
Michael Edwards 
Mort Reld Oro 
Vincent Traver» Ore 

400 Clab 
Tommy Dorsey Ore 
Bonnie Low Wms 
Buddy Rich 

Havana-Madrid 
H Williams (I) 
Sonny King 
A. J. Cantu 
Amanda Williams 
The Duanos 
C Varellas Bd 
Jose Curbello 
Hotel Ambassador 
Louis Betancourt O 
Jules Lands Ore 
Hotel Aator 
Jose Morand Ore 
Ron Perry Ore 
Hotel Belmont 
' Plana 
Dolores King 
Jerry Lewis 
Bert Easley 
Jimmy Burns 
Artlnl ft Conauelo 
Parson Re Oro 
Nino Morales ltd 

■ Hotel BUIatore 
Joan Ilyldoft 
Ann Warren .'• 
Randy Stewart 
Eddy Rogers Oro 

Hotel C a — s d err 



Song Pluggers 



Continued from page I 



New Acts 



parts of the world. About this time 
Bill Maloney, publicity director at 
BBD&O, felt something stirring in 
his Celtic, mu.'ica) soul, and decided 
"Back Home For Keeps" as a song 
title was a natural. 

Next stop— Irving Berlin. The 
master agreed with Maloney that 
the title, theme and suggested sub- 
ject matter sounded good but, since 
Berlin at that time was in the midst 
of preparations for his current over^ 
seas jaunt, he was unable to get his 
sliding keyboard to work and start 
putting the dots down on the paper. 

However, when Dave Dreyer was 
called in he got in touch with Car- 
men Lombardo who, with Bob- Rus- 
sell as lyricist, wrote "Back Home 
For Keeps," which is being pub- 
lished by Berlin's firm. Now conies 
the song plugging end. 
. Believe it or. not, Guy Lombardo 
played the song on his Chelsea 
cigaret - sponsored Blue network 
show last week. He also recorded 
it for Decca with Kay Armen han- 
dling the vocal. 

But the BBD&O cohorts, even 
though they realized what a miracle 
had been accomplished by getting 
the song aired and recorded by the 
songwriter's own brother, weren't 
content with that. They kept on 
plugging away and — voila— "Back 
Home" landed on "We, the People" 
via CBS last Sunday night (4). 
"People," incidentally, is a Young & 
Rublcam show. 

More plugging by Maloney and 
the BBD&O boys and girls landed 
the song on Morton Downey's Coca ; 
Cola program over Mutual, thus ac- 
counting for three networks plus 
the one major recording company, 
and the campaign has only started. 
Maybe that Madison avenue ap- 
proach isn't too bad In the song 
plugging game. 

Oneida's only returns from all this 
will be indirect, as the outfit' has no 
interest In the song's publication, 
recording or further developments. 
Incidentally, one of the mag pic- 
tures that started it all ls~going on 
the sheet music copies, but there'll 
be t)q client credit. 

(If Johnny O'Connor thinks 
BBD&O should sign up In the con 
tact men's union the phone number 
is EL. 5-5800— ask for Bill Maloney.) 



PETER LOBBE ' 

With MaroelU Hendricks . 

Monolof, Comedr. 

IS Minn. 

Strand, N. T. 

Warner Bros, contract player 
makes for the exception to the usual 
dullness when a Hollywood star 
makes a personal. Reason for this 
is that Peter Lorre Is too competent 
a trouper just to come out and give 
out with so-nice-to-hear-live-people. 
That's all right if you throw it away, 
as he does, but he. must deliver the 
goods, and in this Instance the 
scare-'em kid does it with an expert 
blend of dramatics and comedy. 

Firsst, Marcella Hendricks, a 
looker, does a competent interview 
as the breathless, screen-struck 
newspapergal. She stays in charac- 
ter all the way and makes the cross- 
fire click. Incidentally, Miss Hend- 
ricks is a reformed vocalist who for- 
merly did a good job with straight 
chirping. 

Then Lorre tops it off with a fine 
dramatic monolog about a psycho- 
pathic killer, giving Frank Wilson 
authorship credit for the radio 
adaptation of "The Man With, the 
Head of Glass," which indicates this 
was probably first done over the air. 
Lorre stands;immobile at the mike 
but makes his monolog mean plenty, 
walking off to' a healthy click. 

Incidentally, for one of Dracula- 
Wolf Man-Frankenstein's playmates 
he's a cute little personality, with 
plenty of charm, when out of char-, 
acter. He manifests it at the Broad- 
way Strand this semester, and jt's 
paying fancy applause dividends. 

Abel. 



Carter ft Roaa 

Joe i'n'|iellf» Oro - 

La Conga 
Chucho Martinez 
J Hackett Gle' 
Machlto Bd 

La Martinique 
Jo Stafford 
Leon Victor 
Tonl Kelly 
Gil - Johnson 
Socasses Ore 
Carl Ravazza Ore 

I .olio OoHrla-l • 
Masters ft Rollins 
Maszone-Abbott l> 
Gloria Gilbert 
Herzogs 
Bob Douglas 
Harold ft Lola 
Hudson Wonders 
Ben Dova 
Wlnl Walsh 
Marty Beck' Oro 

Le Buban Blea 
Thelma Carpenter 
Mervyn Nelson 
Garland Wilson 
Day. Dawn ft Puali 
Monica Boyar 
Cedrle Wallace I ' 

Leon ft Eddie'* 
Eddie Davis 
La Roche Bros 
Johnny Thomvnon 
Marylln Curtis 
B ft J Pay see 
Rombreron 
Sherry Brltlnn 
Tote ft Martha - . 



LT 



Summer 



Continued from page 1 sss 
"One Touch of VenusV which will 
fold after its road tour in May. He 
will stay with the legiter until It 
closes. 

William Morris Agency has found 
no takers yet at the 5G figure. 

Parade has already started in the 
Broadway houses, which have been 
getting marquee lures from Holly- 
wood with greater frequency. Peter 
Lorre is at the Strand; Robert 
Walker and Lena Home at the Capi- 
tol, while Gloria Jean and Marilyn 
Maxwell played the two previous 
Cap shows; 

In former years, studios considered 
a vaude tour a must in building up a 
personality, but later this method 
was scrapped in favor of radio guest 
shots. 

Bookers also point out that for a 
long time studios were fearful of 
lend-leasing their attists to the va 
rlety circuits, since a bad appearance 
could cause considerable damage. 
There's the case of Herman Bing, 
who wai doing nicely as a character 
actor. After a vaude tour with a 
bad act, film firms were afraid to 
handle him. 



BBOWN DOTS 
Vocal Quartet 
Iff Mini. 
Apollo, N. T. 

This is the first theatre date of the 
new quartet formed by Deke Wat- 
son, one of the original members of 
the Ink Spots, who bowed out. of that 
combo last fall after drawn-out liti- 
gation. One of the sparkplugs pf the 
Spots, Watson is doing a man-sized 
job of carrying the new group In its 
early stages. And the result is that 
the quartet, as it works here; shows 
very good possibilities. 

When caught, the Dots were still 
a long distance from big time, how- 
ever. Their harmony was a bit 
ragged, the tenor voice was inaccu- 
rate and badly controlled (due to 
illness, it's said), and their selection 
Of tunes ('Little on Lonely Side," 
"I'm Making Believe," "Java Jive") 
wasn't good in view of Watson's past 
association with the Ink Spots. 
However, as cited above, the very 
animation of Watson and brief 
flashes in the combo's work seems to 
indicate future strength. 

When laid out several months ago, 
it was said Watson's idea was com- 
pletely different from the Ink Spots 
pattern. Jt isn't, and the similarity 
to the. Spots isn't wise. Watson uses 
a high tenor much in the way Billy 
Kenny works with the former act. 
This isn't as bad as the insertion -of 
a spoken bridge in one song, a chore 
handled for the Spots by the late 
Hoppy Jones, whose, voice and deliv- 
ery is difficult to copy. It shouldn't 



even be attempted. 



Wood. 



JAN BABT 
Songs 

14 Mint. . 
Old Roumanian, N.T. 

Jan Bart is a refugee from Major 
Bowes, and the stout boy. may well 
have an operatic career ahead of 
him. His comparatively humble be- 
ginnings are similar to those of Pin- 
cus Pearlman, now more familiarly 
known as Jan Peerce. 

Bart is a unique nitery personal- 
ity in as much as he's a duly recog- 
nized cantor, a vocation that he still 
practices despite what . one might 
consider to be his more professional 
show business pursuits. During the 
High Holy Jewish holidays, and at 
Passover, he is in big demand as the 
singing functionary. Whichever may 
be his choices — Hebrew hymns, 
opera or straight pops or ballads — 
he remains an interesting personal- 
ity with a voice of even phrasing 
and careful lyrlcizlng. He's using a 
mike here, -which creates an uncer- 
tainty as' to whether he has suffi- 
cient depth for opera. . He's in his 
middle twenties and personable. The 
kind who likes to sing out without 
favoring his voice, which may be 
something for him to consider seri- 
ously for the future. In short, he 
should break up his' selections to 
an extent where he wouldn't be re- 
quired to use his voice so exten- 
sively as now, though, to do him 
justice, the voice doesn't suffer by 
it at the present. 

More experience and shelving of 
weight might very well be the 
means to send him at least pretty 
close to the big time. • - Kahn. 



anywhere. 
He has an 



NIP NELSON 
Mimic 
10 Mlns. 
Strand, N. T. 

This mimic can play 

stage, niteries or radio. 

engaging in-person style and his take- 
offs are as commercial as French 
postcards. 

Of the same genera as 'the other 
imitators , of familiar radio person- 
alities, Nelson's personality and 
showmanship lend extra values asTisT 
reels off Busse, Lombardo, Dorsey, 
Allen, Falstaff, Aldrich, Bing, Si- 
natra, McOoy, FDR, Inner Sanctum. 
Tamiroff, James, et al. He holds it all 
together with a nice little spiel' and 
the sum total Is a showstopper at 
this Broadway deluxer. Abel. 



ROBERT WALKER 
Talk. Dance Bit 
8 Mlns. 
Capitol, N. T. 

Robert Walker's appearance here 
is like' that of most stars who are 
booked mainly as b.o. bait. He's 
definitely in that category, following 
the way he has zoomed since play- 
ing the title role in "Private Har- 
grove" for Metro. Under contract to 
that company, he is in "30 Seconds 
Over Tokyo," now in release, and 
also appears in the forthcoming 
The Clock." 

The material provided for Walker 
on his engagement here sounds like 
it may have been prepared by a 
Metro pressbook writer. It's all 
about Walker, his company, the 
coming "Clock," and Metro stars 
down to Lassie. For ■ finish here 
Walker does a brief rhumbs with the 
female member of The Garclas, who 
are on the bill with him. It's largely 
for laffs and somewhat amusing. 

Char. 



AVON LONG 

Songs 

8 Mlns. 

Cafe Society .Uptown, N. T. 

Having established himself with 
the role of Sportin' Life in Gersh- 
win's "Porgy and Bess," Avon Long 
looks like a safe bet for smart niter- 
ies. He displays marked ability to 
dramatize, a number, using voice, 
hands and body In the process. In 
addition he does a chorus of ballet 
to punctuate the tune. It's don* 
skillfully enough to betray classical 
terp training. Did two numbers, 
"Walkin* on Air" and "' Taint Neces? 
sarily So," both good for top return!. 

Jot c. 



SANDRA BARRETT 
Tap* 

S Buna . 
Strand, N. T. 

A tall lissome gal, she drew wolf- 
calls from the Strand upper tier, 
which gives an idea. Her taps match. 
In short, she's OK . for sight and 
sound, as she uncorks a snappy two- 
routine specialty. It's en excellent 
picture house entr'acte and qualifies 
Miss Barrett for niteries and musi- 
comedy as well. Abel, 



BABBABA LEEDS 

Songs 

12 Mum. 

Cafe Society Downtown, N. T. 

A tall, striking, nicely-gowned gal, 
Barbara Leeds looks like she'll make 
the grade with further experience in 
Barney Josephson's downtown spot. 
Pipes are pleasing and delivery is 
okay despite the fact that she often 
betrays her inexperience in use of 
her hands. : She'd do much better if 
she stopped grabbing her posterior 
during the dramatic moments of her 
numbers., 

Does well with ballads as evi- 
denced in "All of a Sudden My Heart 
Sings," "Where or When," and Is 
pretty effective on faster tempos as 
illustrated in an indigo version of 
"Rum and Coke." Did well enough 
to warrant a couple of encores. A 
little more time and shell be ready 
for uptown spots and vauders. 

«Tost. 



Allan Jones to Par, N. Y. 

Allan Jones is signed for the 
Paramount theatre, N. Y., starting in 
May. Band and surrounding talent 
not yet set. Salary is reported as 
$4,000 weekly. 

Jones has played the Paramount 
before. His last date on Broadway 
was at Loew's State less' than • year 
ago. 

STOCCO GETS LOUDON CIBOt 

London, Feb. 20. 

Fausto Stocco took over Ciro's 
club. His Arst cabaret attraction Is 
Daphne and Jack- Barker. Bate's ' 
club, once famous Bridge club, taken 
over by owners of Slavia club with 
policy changed to social club, with 
dancing to two bands.. 

John Mills, who operates Let Am- 
bassadeurs and Milray clubs, latter 
in partnership with- Maestro Harry 
Roy, is opening another club in 
Berkeley street. . . 

SHEBWLH ON N. AFBICA T0DB 

London, Feb. 15, 
Manning Slier win off to Gibraltar, 
Azores and North Africa to entertain 
the troops for six weeks.' Takes with 
him Esther Coleman, Edward Baxter 
and Peggy Hahn, discovery of Jack 
Buchanan. 

Unit will be known as 
Sherwln and His Music" 



10 



LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, March 7, 194 J 



Showdown Between ATAM, 2 Detroit 
Theatres on Basic Union Contracts 



Three-year refusal by operators of 
the Cass and Lafayette theatres, De- 
troit; to engage members of the Assn. 
of Theatrical Agents and Managers 
union as house managers of those 
lcgiters has reached a climax. ATAM 
has sent basic contracts to both the- 
atres with the warning that unless 
they are signatured by Friday (9) 
"we shall take any and all appro- 
priate steps to protect the rights of 
the union." 

Unless there is a settlement or ac- 
ceptance by the house owners or 
operators by the deadline, both the- 
atres will be declared unfair and all 
American Federation of Labor the- 
atrical unions are reported ready to 
act in concert with ATAM. > 

E. D. (Ed) Stair, veteran Detroit 
showman, is said to have blocked the 
engaging of union house managers. 
He owns the Cass, with the Shuberts 
said to have aii equal interest, same 
managers also being in on the Lafay- 
ette. It's possible that the "strike," 
If it occurs, may spread to houses 
on Broadway as it did several years 
ago, when ATAMers picketed the 
Shubert string. 

"Oklahoma!" is current at the Cass 
and if the strik-2 occurs the produc- 
tion cannot be moved . out, nor can 
"One Touch of Venus" (first slated 
for the Lafayette! be moved in. Sim- 
ilarly, "The Doll's House.", now at 
the Lafayet.r, will not move out. nor 
"Ramshackle Inn" open there as 
booked next Monday (12): 

Understood that Marcus Heiman, 
head of the United Booking Office, 
sought to straighten but the Detroit 
situation for ATAM. UBO has been 
Informed of the warning, as . have 
Equity, stagehands and musicians' 
unions. Letters rrom- ATAM- setting 
the deadline were sent to Harry Mc- 
Kee, of the Cass, and David Nedeir 
lander, of the Lafayette. Latter has 
had plenty of union mixtips, espe- 
cially with the musicians. 



Fined in Fire Violation, 
Closes Chi Am Theatre 

Chicago. March C. 
Following fine of $100 and cosls 
levied against him by Municipal 
Judge Hasten for failure to discon- 
tinue . operation of Uptown Players 
theatre, amateurs' showcase, after he 
was ordered to do so by fire pre. 
vention bureau, J. Bradley Griffin, 
operator, announced he has, can- 
celled all performances and ordered 
premises closed until there's a com- 
pliance of all fire and building ordi- 
nances. 

Also fined, as part of present cam- 
paign to clear up Are hazards in 
Chi amusement spots, was Al Hoh- 
maiin, manager of Melody Club nit- 
cry, although Hohmann is skedded 
to appear later this week for hearing 
on motion to vacate fine if violations 
are corrected. 



3 EQUITY MEMBERS 
KILLED IN ACTION 

Three more Equity members have 
been killed in action, reports of 
their loss having been received last 
week. Lt. Randolph Preston, 31, was 
a casualty in France on Feb. 2, hav- 
ing been overseas with the 36th 
Division, Seventh Army, for six 
months. He appeared In "By Jup- 
iter," "In Time to Come" .and in 
•lock engagements. ; For one season 
he directed the Dallas civic theatre. 
Preston had been wounded previous- 
ly and while hospitalized organized 
■hows for other wounded men. 

Lt. John C. Viebrock was killed 
In Belgium Dec. 22, having been 
with Co. K, 26th Infantry. He was a 
Junior Equityite, not being in show 
business very long. Another recent 
casualty was Pvt. Alfred Etcheverry, 
killed in Luxembourg: He was a 
graduate of the University ot Colo- 
rado and lived at Berkeley.Cal. De- 
ceased was in the cast of "Key 
Largo." 

Nearly a score of Equity members 
have been lost at the war fronts to 
dale. 



McBride Suit Vs. Moss On 
Fix Delivery Fee Heard 

• Suit by McBride's against Paul 
Moss who, as license commissioner, 
forbids agencies from charging 50c 
for ticket deliveries to homes and 
offices,, was finally heard by Justice 
Lloyd Church, last week,, court re- 
serving decision. Case had been- 
pending ail season. Moss claimed 
the reason for his edict. was that cer- 
tain brokers had been charging ex- 
cessive rales for delivery, also that 
the slate statute in fixing ah "ulti- 
mate" price for tickets at 75c over 
the boxoffice, plus federal tax, 
barred delivery fees. 

His ruling was contrary to the 
legit ticket code, which permits the 
50c delivery fee. 



Chi Critic Ashton Stevens 
Raps 'Menagerie' Backer 
On Handling of Show 

Chicago, March '6. 
Exasperation of actors, p.a., com- 
pany manager, playwright and 
others connected with "Glass Men- 
agerie." skedded to open at Play- 
house, N. Y., March 31, over the way 
Louis J, Singer, N. Y. business man 
and theatrical tyro who backed the 
play, has handled his end of the deal 
came out in the. open Sunday (4) 
in Ashton Stevens' drama column in 
Chi Herald-American. 

Stevens took Singer to task for re- 
fusing a pair on the cuff to J. J. 
Shubert, among other . things. To 
quote, in part: 

"Remember last Sunday's letter 
here from Tennessee Williams? Well,- 
scores of tear-sheets containing that 
column were to have been mailed 
by the press department of 'Men- 
agerie' to eastern drama, critcs and 
drama editors. But Louis J. Singer, 
financier of the production, said.no; 
he refused to countenance the slight 
cost. , 

'Seems Mr. Singer, whose biog- 
raphy in the Clvic's program de- 
scribes him as a 'well-known New 
York banker,' as well as 'a .well-' 
known patron of the arts,' didn't like 
Mr. Williams' description of the con- 
temporary hit-and-run theatre as 
'misshapen because of the many dis- 
tortions that have taken place since 
businessmen and gamblers discov- 
ered that the theatre could be made 
a part of their empire.' 

"Mr. Singer is the first , man or 
midget I've ever known in show 
business who has objected to the 
words businessman and gambler. 

"I and the rest of Chicago are 
glad he was a businessman who 
gambled $60,000 on what has turned 
out to be a priceless play. But I 
think he" piked when he attempted 
to suppress national circulation- of a 
letter by the author of the play 
which is enriching him— just as I 
think he piked the other night by 
refusing a pair of courtesy tickets to 
the visiting manager, J. J. Shubert, 

"True, the Civic's theatre— wise 
treasurer, John Laurie, sent out of 
his own pocket a refund to J. J.'s 
local satrap. But thlt $7.20 was en- 
thusiastically refused by Abe Colin 
. (local Shubert rep) , with the ob 
servation that It might . cost Mr. 
Singer even $7.25 next time he tried 
to do ' business with the Messrs. 
Shubert." 



Frank Fay to Be Collie 
At Lambs Gambol 

Frank Fay, starring in "Harvey." 
48th Street, N. Y., will be Collie at 
the Lambs Gambol, to be held at the 
clubhouse Sunday, March 18. Con- 
forming to a change in schedule this 
Mason, the affair will begin at five 
o'clock, the show going on on* hour 
later, dinner stalling at 8:30. . 
. Press is optfonal— but dress, reads 
the announcement. 



Nedda Harrigan Out Of 
USD 'Dinner' in 'Mystery' 

Nedda Harrigan, who was in USO- 
Camp Shows' "The Man: Whq Came 
to Dinner," suddenly returned to 
New York late last week after hav- 
ing been en route ton port of em- 
barkation. Actress said she had 
been sent for by USO-CS, but latter 
stated the withdrawal of Miss. Har- 
rigan was a mystery.. Moss Hart is 
starred in the USO-CS "Dinner," 
Haila Stoddard and Miss Harrigan 
being co-featured. There will be no 
replacement, script being revised by 
Hart, the part virtually being writ- 
ten out. 

Miss Harrigan, a vet actress, was 
overseas for USO with "Over 21," 
which she played for GIs in Africa 
and Italy last, year. 



'Chicken Every Sunday' 
For England to Shephard 

English rights to the Philip and 
Jules Epstein dramatization of the 
Rosemary Taylor novel "Chicken 
Every Sunday," have . been sold to 
Firth Shephard. London production 
set for October. 

William Morris agency set' the 
deal. 



Current Road Shows 

(Period Cohering Afar. !>-17i. 
"Bill Cornea Back"— Acad. Mus 
Northampton (5); Court Sq., Spring- 
field (6-7): Shubert, New Haven 
(8-10). 

"Blithe Spirit"— Worth. Ft. Worth 
(5): Paramount. Austin (6): Texas. 
San Antonio (7^8): Mus. H.. Houston 
(9-10); City Aud., Shreveport (12); 
Muni. Aud., New Orleans (14); Lan- 
ier Aud., Montgomery (1.1): Temple, 
Birmingham (16-17). 

"Blossom Time" — Civic Opera H.. 
Chi. (5-17). 

"Calico Wedding"— Locust, Phila. 
(5-10). ■'..'.. , . 

"Catherine. Was Great" — Hanna. 
Cleve. (5-10); Studebaker, Chi. 
(12-17). 

"Chicken Ever Sunday" — Black- 
stone. Chi. (5-17). 

"Dark of the Moon" — Shubeil. 
Bost. (5-10). 

"Deep Mrs. Sykes"— Wilbur. Bost. 
(5-10); Plymouth. Bost. (12-17). 

"Doll's House"— Shubert -Lafayette. 
Del. (3-10); Royal Alex, Toronto 
(12-17). ' , . ' 

'Firebrand 'of Florence" ("Much 
Ado About Love")— Colonial, Bos. 
(5-17). 

"Foolish Notion" — Nal'l. Wash. 
(5-10). 

Gilbert A Sullivan— Russ' Aud.. 
San Diego (5-6); Mun. Aud.. Long 
Beach (7); Civic Aiid., Fresno (9); 
Mem. Aud., Sacramento (10); Cur- 
ran, Frisco (12-17). 

■Good Night Ladles" (2nd co.)— 
English, Ind'plis (5-7); Colonial. Ak- 
ron (8); Park. Youngstown (9-10); 
Nixon, Pitts. (12-17). 

'Happily Ever After" — Walnut. 
Phila. (6-10). 

'Ilarrlet" — Orpheum, Davenport 

(5) ; Shrine Aud.; Des Moines (6); 
Omaha. Omaha (7); Mus. H., Kan- 
sas C. (8-10); . Convention H., Tulsa 
(12); Shrine, Okla. C. (13-14); 
Forum, Wichita (15V 

'Jacobowsky and the Colonel"— 
Ford's, Balto. (12-17). 

"kiss and Tell" (2d Co.)— Ford's, 
Balto. (5-10); Walnut, Phila. (12-17). 

"Kiss and Tell" (3d Co.)— David- 
son, Milwaukee (5-10); Parkway, 
Madison (12-13); Palace, So. Bend 
(14); Shrine Mosque. Ft. Wayne (15); 
Park, Youngstown (16-17). 

'Kiss Them For Me" ("Lovely 
Leave")— Locust. Phila. (8-17). 

'Life With Father" (2d Co.)— 
Biltmore, L. A. (5-17). 

"Merry Widow"— Shubert, Phila. 
(5-17). 

•Merry Widow" (2d Co:)— Shrine. 
Peoria (5); Orpheum, Springfield 

(6) ; Orpheum, Decatur (7); Fischer, 
Danville (8); KeitH's, Grand Rapids 
(9-10); State, Kalamazoo (12); Bijou, 
Battle Creek (13); Mich.; Lansing 
(14); Temple. Saginaw (15); Palace, 
Flint (16); Michigan, Ann Arbor 
(17). 

"No Traveler Returns" — Curran, 
Frisco (5-10); Metro, Seattle 03-10. 

"Oklahoma" (2d Co.)— Cass, Det. 
(5-10); Hartman, Columbus (12^17). 

"One Touch of Venus" — Nixon, 
Pitts. (5-10); Cass, Detroit (12-17). 

"Othello"— Geary, Frisco (5-17). 

"Over Studebaker, Chi. (5- 

10); Erlanger, Buffalo (12-15);- Aud., 
Rochester (16-17). 

"Place of Our' Own" — Lyric, 
Bridgeport (9-10); Wilbur, Bost. (12- 
17). . 

"Ramshackle inn"— American, St. 
Louis (5-10); Shuberl-Lafayette, De- 
troit (12-17). 

"Rosalinda" — Hartman, Columbus 
(5-7); English. Ind'plis (8-10); Er- 
langer, Chi. (12-17). 

San Carlo Op. Co.— Aud., Winni- 
peg (5-10); Aud., Grand Forks (12); 
Aud., St. Paul. (13-14); Lyceum, 
Minneapolis (15-17). 

^'Searching Wind"— Erlanger. Chi. 
(5-10); Amer., St; Louis (12-17). 

"StarSpangled Widow" — Shu- 
bert, New Haven (15-17). 

"Student prince" — Lyric, Allen- 
town (5); Rajah, Reading (6); Karl- 
ton, Williamsport (7); Mem. And., 
Trenton (8); Playhouse, Wilmington 
(9-10); Nat'l, Wash. (f2-17). 

"Ten Little Indians" (2d Co.) — 
Harris, Chi. (5-17). 

"Two Mrs. Carroll*" — Erlanger, 
Buffalo. (9-8); Aud., Rochester (9- 
10); Shubert, Bost. (12-17). • 

"Voice at Tartle" (2d Co.)— Sel- 
wyn, Chi. (5-17). 

"Winged Victory"-- Forrest, Phila. 
(8-17). 



Inside Staff— Legit 

Report from out of town that "Dark of the Moon" is using 18 musicians 
was incorrect. Show has an incidental score, but uses only one music! 
maker, a pianist who plays backstage and is never in view of the audience' 
"Moon" has played several out of town stands, local musicians unions in 
each spot classifying it as drama. Show is current in Boston, where 
Guthrie McCllntic is tightening up the performance for Lee Shubert who 
produced, the play, tried but in summer stock at Cambridge, Mass!, last 
summer. . 

"Moon" opens -.at the 48th Street, N. Y., next Wednesday '(M). ''New 
York's local, which classified "The Tempest," Alvin, as a musical, making 
it necessary to use 18 men in the pit at the musical comedy 'scale',' has not 
yet ruled on. "Moon." If the show's status is not changed the minimum' 
of four men will be In the. pit. playing only at intermissions. 



" "The Two Mrs. Carrolls" opened ils first touring date Monday (5) in 
Buffalo after laying oft' a month after the run ended at the Booth, N Y 
Sho.w was slated to open the road dates in. Rochester, N. Y.-, last Friday 
(3>. but Elisabeth Bergner had a bad throat and the stand was cancelled 
When the Broadway engagement ended the company was given notice 
bul four players remained and, under Equity rules, were paid salary 
Philip. Ober was among those who withdrew, being replaced by Joei 
Ashley. 'Ober replaced Harvey Stephens in "Over 21," on tour. Latter 
replaces Elliott Nugent in "Voice of the Turtle,' 1 Morosco. Latter is leav- 
ing "Turtle" -temporarily, attending out-of-town tryouts of his "A Place 
Of Our Own," which John Golden, Robert Montgomery and Nugcrit are 
producing. 



Irene Delmar, of the N, Y. World-Telegram staff, bylined a story about 
Paul Moss, even though the. license commissioner "refused" an interview, 
he saying: "I haven't said anything to the papers for five years. That's 
niy reputation— the Sphinx." Latter got a laugh from show people— par- 
ticularly ticket brokers. Thereupon Miss Delmar dug up a slory that Most 
wrote for the "Variety'' 1944 anniversary number. 

He then said: "It's not a matter of censorship, or personal views as to 
what is decent or moral but rather that a public official should be tolerant, 
liberal and mindful of the tendency of the times." Recalled that the champ' 
"dirt" show of all time, "Tobacco: Road," ran on and on without Moss 
making any cracks about it. World-Telly refers to il as the "bucolic idyll 
of Ihe deep south." 



Cast of "The Overlons." Booth, N. Y., wen.t on a reduced salary basis 
last week to variable cuts, according to their contractual pay. None was 
on minimum pay, as indicated by the slices, some being chopped 30%,': 
others 25% and the balance 15%. 

Play moves to the Forrest next Monday . (12 ), as planned, but '"The Deep 
Mrs. Sykes," and not "Bill Comes Back," follows at the Booth. Rachel 
Crothers' "Bill" needs script revision and John Golden will keep it out 
longer than anticipated. 



Jed Harris inserted a trick extra-space ad in Sunday's (4) N. Y. papers 
headed "What your favorite ticket broker says about 'One Man Show' " 
which he recently opened at the Barrymore, N. Y.'Thon followed favorable 
quotes from eight brokers in the imaginary jargon of agency people. One 
leading agency man supposedly said: "No muscle or King needed on 
this ticket." The broker quoted is known to be a literate, conservative 
citizen. The show's grosses aren't consistent with the ad copy. 



Somewhere in Italy the USO-Camp Shows legiter, "Kiss and Tell," ar- 
rived after its sea voyage for its first date, only to find the entire pro- 
duction missing, lost somewhere in transit. Rather than cancel, company 
manager Walter E. Munroe improvised set, borrowed clothes and rounded 
up complete new set of props, and show opened as skedded. Scenery was 
located four days later. Company includes Marjorle Gatcson and Car- 
melita Pope, 

■ i ■ . 

. r> ■ 

Mrs. Eleanor' Roosevelt is one of many repeaters at "Harvey," 48th 
Street, N. Y. First time she saw the comedy was the night after election, 
and judging from her "My Day" column she evidently missed some points 
in the dialog. 

First Lady made a second visit last week and again mentioned "Harvey", 
in her column, but In a much more positive manner. 



' Costumes and hate for the new USO-Camp Shows overseas legiter, 
'Man Who Came To Dinner," valued at $4,000, were donated by Hattle 

Carnegie and John Frederick. Camp Shows did not pay for the material,- 

as erroneously reported previously. 



Zac Freedman claims he's the "sultan" of N. Y. press agents because he 
represents "Follow the Girls," 44th Streets "School For Brides," Ambas- 
sador, and "Good Night Ladies," Royale. . In addition to that he's to pub- 
licize "Hot For Maneuvers." 



Oscar Serlin has gone to the Coast to talk over casting of "Out Of Time" 
by Capt. Theodore Reeves. It's not due until next season, however, when 
manager will also do "Bee In Her Bonnet," by Peggy Lamson, recently 
tried out at the Dock Street theatre, Charlestown, S. C. 



Evelyn Laye-'WaJtzes' 
Clicko in London Preem 

London, March 6. 

"Three Waltzes," which opened 
Marbh 1 at the Princess theatre, 
appears to be a winner, with press 
generally favorable. 

It's a colorful adaptation of the 
French musical, with Evelyn Laye 
scoring in the Yvonne Prlntemps 
role. 



Slavin Amus. Co. Split Up 
With Chi Theatre Sellout 

Chicago; March 6. 

With the purchase last week of 
Izzy Slavin's half -interest in the 
Blackstone . theatre by Richard W. 
Wilde, head of a mortgage banking 
house, the Slavin Amus. Co. has been 
dissolved and the Blackstone The- 
atre Corp. formed- with Wilde as 
president. Amount paid Slavin, who 
has left for California, was not dis- 
closed, ■■.-:•;••'" 

Slavin acquired the theatre from 
the Dlven estate in April, 1941, in 
conjunction with George Rochford 
and Harry Rosnagle, secretary of the 
Shubert-controlled Harris Theatre 
Corp., who continue to own the 
other M% interest. Rochford has 
been elected vice-president of the 
new corporation and Rosnagle, treas- 
urer. John McManua will continue 
as manager of the theatre. 



Xindsay-CFouse Deny 
Anrip Rights to 'Father' 

Private advices from Australia In- 
clude an item that "Life With 
Father" had been announced for the 
Minerva theatre, * Sydney, some . 
weeks ago. Howard Lindsay and 
Russel Crouse, who' wrote the play, 
own the Aussie and other rights, ex-, 
cept for London, where Oscar Serlin, 
who produced the .laugh smash, now 
in its sixth year at the Empire, N. Y, 
has the privilege to present it. 
: L.&C. say that nobody bought the 
"Father" rights and if the comedy 
smash is playing in the Antipodes, 
some guy must have pulled a sneak 
steal. If they can lure Frank Sulli- 
van, their constant angel, away front 
Saratoga, they want to parcel-post 
him to Aussie to And out what it's 
all about. 



Roz Russell Plans 

To Produce Play 

Hollywood, March 6. 

Stage rights to "Why Was I Bornf* 
new novel by Louise Randall Pi* r * 
son, were bought by Rosalind Rut- 
sell, who will have it dramatized for 
light production. 

Book . Is based on the author's 
comic experiences as a screen writer 
In Hollywood. 



Wednesday, March T, 1948 



LEGITIMATE 



51 



Board System Would Solve It All 

The to-do over "Trio" brings up again an elementary shortcoming la 
the New York civic system, so far ai «iow business U concerned. That's 
the one-man licensing privilege. ... 

Were it a board system of regulation there would ba no naad for 
condemning Paul Moss or any other civic servant ai a "manaoa," not 
would there be any need for the ohurohmen to "endorse" fjoense Com- 
missioner Moss, Mayor LaGuardla or anybodr else for their "forth- 
right courage." 

It's' as simple as all that. A board would take the burden of any 
arbitrary one-man control off that one mai). fl the board oould also 
enlist some showmen to sit in on the jelf-regulatlon, so much the 

be Then all the hue and cry about "God of Vengeance," "The Captive," 
"The Green Bay Tree," backing in the wagon for Mae West's "Pleasure 
Man " "Wine, Woman and Song," "Trio" and all the reat of tt, through 
the years, would be unsensatlonal. It would relieve the olty fathers 
or grave responsibilities. It would not accentuate the negative aspects 
of the American" theatre, and wouldn't require the Civil Liberties au- 
thorities and the theatre to worry about Its freedom of expression. 
In short, look at aU the grief such a board could sidestep. Abel. 



as 



Burns Mantle Sees Trio 9 Closing 
As Leading to Greater Censor Evils 



(Burtis Mantle in on address 
over WNEW, N. Y., on Sunday 
(4) commented on the censor- 
ship revolt that has /tared «p 
ouer N. Y. License Commtt- 
jioner Moss' decision to erase 
"Trio" from the Broadway lefllt 
scene. A portion of the remarks 
of the veteran N. T. News' 
drama critic is reprinted here- ' 
with.) 

By BURNS MANTLE 

Well, we seem to be having a 
little trouble with our license com-, 
missioner. And our license commis- 
sioner seems to be having a good 
deal of trouble with the theatre. 
It all started when the commission- 
er, Paul Moss, finally agreed that 18 
ministers of the gospel, who don't 
know much about the theatre but 
know what they like, decided that a 
drama called 'Trio" was not a fit 
play for people to see. The 16 min- 
isters, I suspect, were also upheld 
by Mayor LaGuardia, Commissioner 
Moss is not likely to take any de- 
cisive action without the mayor's 
approval. 

In any event, the commissioner 
dtcided that "Trio" could not be 
played, and told the lessees of the 
Belasco theatre that he would not 
issue them a license unless the play 
was withdrawn. ... 

Commissioner Moss, of course, was 
only carrying out Instructions from 
higher up. The censor-fighters are 
right in opposing him. If he should 
get away with this particular or- 
der; if 'Trio" should be banned from 
the stage because 16 ministers of 
the gospel and a sensitive mayor ob- 
ject to Its subject matter, then any- 
thing might happen. It is perfectly 
right and proper for holy men - to 
object to what they, believe Is bad 
for the morals Of the people and 
the communities which they serve. 
They are and should be the selected 
guardians of their parishioners' wel- 
fare. But after they have registered 
their complaint, then it is up to the 
duly elected court authorities to say 
whether or not they are right or 
merely prejudiced. Censorship such 
~«5 t h at" r>iire'seTnea~b'y- Commission- 
er Moss's arbitrary closing of this 
drama, 'Trio," on the complaints 
presented, is not only unfair, it Is 
undemocratic and, worst of all, 
downright dangerous. It could easi- 
ly lead to a type of political cen- 
sorship that would be, in this coun- 
try, as unthinkable as it quickly 
proves Impossible. No self-respect- 
ing democracy would stand for It. 

• • • 

"Trio" An Honest Drama 

This "Trio", is, or was, .an honest 
drama unusually well directed and 
forcefully acted. It was never of- 
fensive to any intelligent person. 
But it was also one of those dis- 
cussions of an unhealthy theme that 
should be approached with at least 
some intelligence and understand- 
ing. It was adult and meaningful, 
but also uncomfortably realistic. I 
don't believe any person's morals, or 
character, would be adversely af- 
fected by sitting through it. Neither 
do I believe any person would be 
helpfully uplifted by sitting through 
it. Unless it were by such .' satisfy- 
ing thrills as they would get. from 
the. almost perfect acting presenta- 
tion of a vital human problem which 
"Trio" did present. 

• • • 

One trouble with these censorship 
flareups — and one I have always re- 
gretted— Is their effect on the thea- 
, tre? as an institution and on Its bet- 
ter progress. So much happens that 

(Continued on nn» 



Tuerk, Flamm and Gordon 
Producing Russell Play 

John Tuerk will produce, In asso- 
ciation with Donald flamm and 
Charles K. Gordon, a new eomedy 
by Benee Russell, The author, a 
songsmlth, makes hi* debut a« a 
playwright with "Twilight People." 

Gordon ftrit brought the seript to 
Flamm who, in turn, gave it to Tuerk 
to put on, with Flamm bankrolling 
the venture tO%. 



Mona Barria Replaces 

George In 'Spirit' 

■an Antonio, March 6. 

Mona Barrie, stage and screen ac- 
tress, has replaced (Jladys George In 
•"Blithe Spirit," loheduled to play 
here Maroh 7 and S. 

Miss George has been 111. 

See Record Pk 
Outlay for LegHs 

This season will probably estab- 
lish a new high In the amount of 
money that Hollywood will spend 
on picture rights for Broadway 
shows. Already the studios have 
committed themselves to pay- con- 
siderably more than . $2,000,000 for 
four plays. Only one of this season's 
collection of hits Is Included In the 
fabulous pic-rights prices, the others 
being from previous years, but when 
and if the other sock shows of the 
1944-43 period are corraled by the 
Coast, It's almost certain that a new 
Broadway-Hollywood record will be 
set. Recently, rights to another of 
this season's product, "The 'Hasty 
Heart," were bought, but the price 
was comparatively modest. 

The fllm-rlghta figures given oh 
the golden quartet total $1,900,000 
but there are percentages on profits 
to apply for two playa, "Life With 
Father" (Empire) and "The Voice of 
the Turtle," (Morosco). Warners 
took them both, for a base price of 
$500,000 each, plus an undisclosed 
percentage. . 20th-Fox has the rights 
of "Junior Miss" (now off. the 
boards), for which it is reputed to 
have paid $450,000, while Paramount 
went for $490,000 to secure "Dear 
Ruth" (Millar). It's the highest price 
Par ever paid for a Broadway play. 
Understood that several producers 
and directors of that studio ex- 
pressed unusual interest in the com- 
-»d>v"8:ilr"K0**~they-v»<nrte>i'-ta-fiJm^ 
it, so the New York office bought it, 

"Ruth" is the first show presented 
this season, grabbed by the Coast as 
of early this week but other deals 
are pending. In addition to the for- 
tune paid for "Father" and the 
agreed-on percentage, there are 
many rules -arid stipulations imposed 
on Warners as to the manner of the 
filming. 

Warners also bought "The Hasty 
Heart" (Hudson) from Lindsay and 
Crouse, for $100,000 plus a percent- 
age which applies after the picture 
grosses $1,500,000. "Heart" is the 
second of this season's, product to be 
sold to the studios. 



Dave Wolpers 
Financial Woes 

Dave Wolper, who sky-rooketed 
last season on Broadway In produc- 
ing "Follow the Olrls," 44th Street, 
Is now burdened with financial 
troubles and Is no longer oonnected' 
with the musical's management. For- 
mer operator of the Hurricane, a 
main stem nightclub, began quarrel- 
ing with his backers early In run 
of "Girls" and there were Internal 
squabbles ever since he removed AI 
Borde's name from the billing as co- 
producer. Borde and Chicago asso- 
ciates supplied the principal bank- 
roll for the show. 

This season Wolper tried his hand 
at drama; presenting "Men To the 
Sea," a flop. That was a trifle com- 
pared to another musical, "Glad to 
See You," which folded during the 
out-of-town . tryout, going Into the 
red for more than $250,000, accord- 
ing to reports. An aftermath to 
"Sea" Involved Herbert Kubly, who 
wrote the play, latter charging that 
Wolper failed to. pay the royalties. 
It seems that the manager offered 
Kubly. notes which were rejected. 
Case was arbitrated and interest 
provided In the notes was ruled out. 

Last week it was disclosed that 
Justice Aaron J. Levy signed an or- 
der forbidding Walproductlonj, Inc., 
from selling securities In the state 
of New York, ground being the alle- 
gation of fraud In the. financing of 
"Glad." Wolper and his brother 
Irving headed the corporation and 
it was charged that they sold 29 
more shares bi the show than they 
possessed. It appears that when 
fresh bankrolling was needed Wol- 
per obtained loans from backers, 
amounts ' named being $1,760 each. 
In exchange the backers were given 
a share of stock calling for 6% in- 
terest guaranteed, the certificates be- 
ing called a bonus. 

Wolper is quoted as saying he lost 
$90,000 of his own coin in "Glad," 
which suffered epic misfortunes." 
Emll Frledlander is representing 
some of the backers of "Girls," the 
deal which ousted Wolper having 
taken weeks of negotiation. 



La Guardia, Moss Show Biz Targets 
In N. Y. Censorship of TriorSuit 
By Sabinson for $1,000,000 Damages 



Mom Backed 'Dirty' Play 

Family— infidelities— in which 
the wife had harlot desires — was . 
the theme of a play of which 
New York License Commission- 
er Paul Moss was reported to 
have been a oo-prbducer years 
ago on Broadway. It was "This 
. Was -a Man,", by Noel Coward, 
and was one of four flops backed 
by Moss, though the billing 
mentioned only Basil Dean as 
the producer. 

■' "Man" ran four weeks at the 
Klaw (later called the Avbn, but 
now a radio theatre). Play was 
banned In England by the Lord 
Chamberlain because of its 
theme. 



Washburn, Weatherly 
To Handle Rose's Press 

Billy Rose's hunt for _a hew press 
agent on "Seven Lively Art's," Zieg- 
feld, N. Y., Is over, temporarily at 
least. When Wolfe Kaufman lammed 
Saturday (3).' Tom Weatherly, quon 
dam producer and press agent for 
Dwight Deere Wiman, stepped in 
The contract for .the "Arts" job was 
given to Charles Washburn, he tech 
nically being senior man as he re 
tains the publicity post for "Hats Oft 
to Ice" at the Center, Radio City. 
Deal calls for Weatherly to . be 
Washburn's associate. : 

Wiman Is slated to . return to the 
managerial field next fall and Elisc 
Chlsbolm is slated to handle his press 
lob. 



'JR. BUSS' TROUPE CITED 
FOR OVERSEAS SERVICE 

High praise for the overseas leglter 
"Junior Miss," as being "in the high- 
est traditions of the theatre," was 
voiced By Major General Arthur R 
Wilson, at Continental Advance 
SecHon_ headquarters, somewhere In 
"France, " to USO'-Camp "Sfiows: 
Photostatic copies of letter have 
been sent to Max* Gordon, who pro- 
duced comedy on Broadway; to 
authors Jerome Chodorov and 
Joseph Fields, and to Frank Heller, 
who staged foxhole version. 

"The professional standard main 
tained, the invariable sportsmanship 
and good humor shown, and the un- 
tiring energy expended in putting 
the show across to the greatest num 
ber of soldiers possible," wrote Gen 
eral Wilson, "was in the highest tra 
ditions of the theatre. It Is with 
great pleasure that I add my thanks 
to my staff's for the splendid Job 
done by this troupe." 

Legiler is headed by Carol Good- 
ner and Pat Peardon, latter having 
been in the Broadway production. 

- Shows in Rehearsal 

"I'll Be Waiting"— Harry Goetz. 

"Cage"— Jules Denes: 

"Marriage Is For Single People"— 
Ruth Holden. 

"Carousel"— Theatre Guild. 

"Sweet Genevieve"— Schute tt 
Schute. 

"Lady in Danger"— Fisher and 
Allen. 

"Dinner For 3"— Tim Whalcn. 

"Star Spangled Widow"— Maxman 
and Kipness. 

"It's a Glfl"--Goval. 

"Dear Ruth" (road)— Hvman and 
Hart 



For 1st 6 Mos. 



' Los Angeles, March 6. 
Roundup of legit grosses In this city 
for the first six months of the sea- 
son, ending Feb. 28, discloses ticket 
sales of $1,214,600, compared to last 
year's 12-month total of $2,804,200. 
Most of heavy grossers are still to 
come: 

Based on last year's figures, the 
Civic Light Opera Ass'n season at 
the Philharmonic is estimated to 
draw around $400,000, If the 12-week 
schedule goes through as planned. 
Coming to the Biltmore are such 
Broadway shows as "Harriet," 
"Over 21," "The Barretts of Wim- 
pole Street" and "Oklahoma," with- 
the last mentioned practically sure 
of SRO for approximately eight 
weeks. Meanwhile, the legit houses 
figure to benefit by the nitery cur- 
few, which may turn customers to 
stage entertainment. 

"Blackouts" Tops 

Heaviest single grosser was Ken 
Murray's "Blackouts of 1944-45" at 
El Capitan, with a total of $392,700 
for 26 weeks. Highest week was 
during the holidays, . checking up 
$20,000 with the aid of extra shows. 
Lowest was the week before Christ- 
mas when the take dropped to $14,- 
000. 

Second grosser was the' Biltmore 
which was open 21 weeks, with 
"Othello" leading the money-makers 
by ringing up $90,000 in three 
stanzas. Weakest week was $7,200 
registered by Dante's magic show. 
Cockeyed Inferno." 
Philharmonic Auditorium was 
open to legit shows for only eight 
weeks but did a business of $256,- 
200; Topper was "Winged Victory," 
which clicked for $124,500 in a 
three-week period. Over a similar 
stretch, "Porgy and Bess" drew $91,- 
700. 

Sm all Shews N et Co in 
At the Belasco, "Maid i'n~"ihe1 
Ozarks" has grossed $178,700 in 20 i 
weeks* and may continue through 
the summer. At the Musart, a 389- 
seater, "Petticoat Feyer" and 
"Honey In the Hay" chalked up $69,- 
300 in 22 weeks, with "Honey" still 
running after its 10th week. Mayan 
theatre was open only four weeks, 
with "White Cargo" drawing $21,- 
000, but Paul Small's "Fun Time" 
has moved in for an extended slay. 

Los Angeles legit houses were re- 
duced by one through the switch of 
the Music Box (now the Guild) to 
a motion picture policy. Last year 
it grossed $321,000 on flesh shows. 



Wash. Seeks $100,000 

For Muny Theatre 

Washington, March 6. 

More than 200 sponsors met in the 
Congressional room of the Hotel 
Willard last week to launch a "drive 
for $100,000 to constitute a sustain- 
ing fund for a municipal theatre.' 

Sponsors plan two musical com- 
edies which will be presented at the 
Water Gate this summer. Harry 
Anger, production supervisor of the 
Earle, and Gene Ford of the Capitol 
will present the shows. Auditions 
are now being held in the Govern 
merit agencies to find talent, to be 
moulded into a group which will in- 
clude professional performers. 



New York's Mayor La Guardia 
and his license commissioner, Paul 
Moss,, were the targets of show busi- . 
ness, as expected, last week because 
of the latter's forced closing' of 
"Trio" after it played eight weeks 
at the Belasco, N.Y. A damage ac- 
tion seeking $1,000,000 was filed by 
the show's producer, a meeting rep- 
resentative of all factions in the 
theatre demanded that . one-man 
censorship be eradicated and several 
groups asked the mayor to oust 
Moss, which he. refused to do. On 
top of all this was the revelation 
that "Frankie and Johnny" was 
"dirty" ballet but that it was per- 
mitted to give a performance any- 
way at the city-operated City Cen- 
ter., 

In letters answering the protests 
sent him by stage groups, Including - 
the Dramatists Guild and Equity, La 
Guardia Intimated that It was he 
and not the commissioner who as- 
sumed the guise of censor. The let- 
ters from City Hall were- allegedly 
evasive and misstatements. Only at 
the end of one answer did the 
mayor suggest changing the statute 
on licenses. Answering La Guardia, 
Russel Crouse, head of . the Authors 
League of America, which include! 
the Dramatists Guild, said that ths 
mayor's letter was "forthright only 
in your assumption of full responsi- 
bility for the action of Commis- 
sioner Moss. That has made one 
aspect of the case clear." 

There is no evidence that the 
mayor saw "Trio" but in his letter 
to the authors he voiced objection 
to the portrayal of "mental Infirmi- 
ties, defective genital organs or 
glandular irregularities as a justi- 
fication for degenerate behavior." 
Crouse opined that La Guardia was 
"taking a very large and obvious 
red herring by the tall and dragging 
it across the trail ... we have never 
at any time sought to defend 'Trio* 
or any other' play on its moral 
merits. We believe that to be the 
jurisdiction of the courts... we will 
fight against one-man crusades con- 
trary to established legal practices. 
"Deny Censorship" 
"You deny any . thought of censor- 
ship on the part of Mr. Moss or 
yourself and yet you say in your 
letter to me: 'If It Is necessary, in 
order to retain your confidence, that 
I must shut my eyes to indecency 
and immorality and violation of the 
law, whether on cr off the stage, I 
fear I must lose.lt, as much as I 
would like to retain it' It seems to 
me, Mr. Mayor, that in that sentence 
you have assumed the position of 
censor.,. we cannot accept that as- 
sumption of censorial powers. . We 
believe in the right of trial by jury 
as provided by the law." 

At the protest meeting held at the 
Hotel Astor Thursday (1), 96 per- 
sons were present, representing 22 
theatrical organizations and unions, 
one of the most solid fronts ever 
assembled by show business. To the 
disappointment of practical - shew- ■ 
men attending, the session was a 
field day for lawyers, no less than 
six of 'em spouting when the stage- 
hands union reps weren't. Roger N. 
Baldwin, of the Civil Liberties 
Union, was chairman. 

It was decided to name a com- 
mittee, one person from each or- 
ganization, to call on the mayor , in 
an attempt to clear up the Censor- 
ship situation, which arose when 
Moss refused to transfer the Belasco' 
theatre license (issued in the name 
of Max J. Jelin, dispossessed) un- 
less "Trio" was ousted. Moss re- 
fused to transfer the license until 
the show's setting and props were 
removed from the house. La Guar- 
dia was quoted saying that Moss was 
"only doing his duty," presumably 
at the' direction of the mayor/ Two 
other committees were formed, one 
to draft legislation to prevent cen- 
sorship through licensing power and 
the other to consider "wartime dis- 
crimination against the theatre," lat- 
ter meaning the threat to close 
Broadway because of the coal short- 
age. 

"Puritan at Heart" 

At the meeting Osborne Frankel, 
attorney, for the Civil Liberties 
Union, said: "We all know that the 
mayor is a puritan at heart and 
would enjoy censoring our habits 
and morals." : Pointed out by Paul 
Dullzell of Equity .that the With 
(Continued ort page 52 > ' 



12 



LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, Marcli. 7, 194.1 



Frankie and Paul Were Sweethearts 

Right after the red-hot censorship situation over the forced .closing of 
•Trio " Bela'sco, N. V., .John Chupman. critic for the N. V. Daily News, 
w ent gunning for Mayor LaGuardia and. his license commissioner. Paul 
M,n< Attending "Frankie and johnny." a ballet :.l the city-owned 
and operated N. Y. City Center, he started the nolk-o with: "Moss last 
night sponsored a dirty show which had in it bawds, a pimp and a 
couple of lesbians . . . show ... beins; a .dance -version of- a saloon .song 
which von may have heard ir you weren't brought up strict . 
•Frankie and Johnny were lovers . . . and how llwy could love . . . 
he was lier man but he done her. wrong." This is the way they ve got 
it written in the program. 

"And that isn't all. Right in the program it says: '.Johnny loves 
Frankie too. gladly accepting the money she makes from other men 
selling is a street in front of a saloon and uostairs is a bawdy 
hou<e . Johnnv goes up there and when. Frankie- finds out about it. 
she "shoots him deader than a Jap. . . . Right in the program it says 
loo: 'This story ain't got no moral.' Fine grammar, ain't it. for. a 
municipal institution. . . . Among the' characters are ... saloon gigls, 
a hostess, two bums, a policeman who doesn't .bother anybody, and two 
interesting women, one or whom is m.innislvly dressed . . . even, if I 
hadn't seen Trio' ... I could guess what they were . . . Moss better 
look out or some morning he will have lo pinch himself . . . and not 
Jusi to see if he's dreaming." 

Dave Quirk, also in the News, referred to the officials as Mayor 
(Bergen) LaCiiardju and Paul (Charlie McCarthy) Moss. ( When in- 
formed about "Frankie and Johnny." the mayor said an indecent 
show has no more right in the Center .than anywhere else. 

"Well, what's he wailing for?" asked Quirk. 

The notice inspired editorial comment in other papers. World- 
Telegram, saying it "hadn't heard", that Moss resigned from the Center 
because of the "jolly brothel ballet." 



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is unnecessary and a little silly. For tack. The Washington critics and 



While it wants lor sufficient glamor 
or punch to contend as a big money 
show, "The Deep Mrs. Sykes" is 
fairly certain to click as .n .'connois- 
seur's item, '.'lay.: very literate, is 
modesi in its scope, unpretentious 
and devoid of any altention-selting 
devices. 

A New Yorker quality short slory 
rather than a full-blown formula 
drama, the olay depends on the rev- 
elation of character within' the scope 
of a single ; mall 'dramatic situation. 
Two-acler thus traverses about 120 
minutes, to set model for brevity, but 
it strangely lin-ers in mind for some 
lime after. The' situation develops 
when Mrs. Skyrs.. wife of a small- 
city lawyer, comes to believe her 
husband is infatuated with and has 
sent flowers to a concert pianisl of 
local glamor. Long having cultivated 
a reputation for being intuitive and 
"deep." sh.e tries to assume a certain 
air of omniscience in regard to her 
husband and her friends as she sets 
about proving what she knows to be 
the truth. Twist is that it is not her 



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instance, in order to stimulate their | the Washington authorities ordered husband, and that she is not the deep 
protest against the action of License | t| scene eliminaied. ■ It was elimi- Ml - S ' SykCS f r an ,. . , ,„„ (i n„n„. 
Commissioner Moss, both Elmer Rie- 1 ■ • '-, .. „ /„,, This is set forlh in a continuous- 



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and Margaret Webster have resigned 
as members of the Board oi i. 1 :- 
reclors of the City Center of Music 
and Drama. Now. to me there is 
work— and important work— for both 
these influential leaders in the the- 
atre to accomplish in connection 
with the building and advancement 
of what is the nearest thing to a 
people's theatre in America we have 
yet developed. , To let a personal 
irritation and difference of opinion, 
however important in itscll. drive 
them from the bigger, better work 
they can both do at City Center is 
deeply regrettable. To quit is so 
easy. Especially to quit a volunteer 
Job. To get a little mad and shout, 
in true American fashion, "All right. 
If that's the way you want it, I 
quit!" That's the easiest thing in 
the world. Takes neither courage nor 
much intelligence." To. stick— and to' 
do your best— that's, what counts. 
And what wins in the long run. 
Silliness of Censorship 
And consider the silliness of cen- 
sorship from another angle: There 
was a play produced in Washington 
a week or so ago entitled, "Dark of 
the Moon." It contained what was 
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nated, and because it was eliminated 
representatives of the city authori- 
ties in the. thrice-sensitive city of 
Boston permitted "Dark of the 
Moon" to be. booked there. Now. 
what happened? The play, .which 
I am told is a strong drama, played 
to capacity receipts in ■ Washington 
for the full engagement, and lsst 
week played to the capacity of the 1 ticiilar. 
theatre in Boston. No really worth- " 
while drama needs dirt or revolting 
scenes or profane lines to sell it. 
It will sell itself. Why jeopardize 
it by trying to make it sensational? 

I sometimes think showmen In 
general are ■ about as short-sighted 
as any commercial group we have. 
Listen, if you want to, to .the howl- 
ing of the nightclub proprietors that 
is rending the early spring air. War 
Mobilizer Byrnes and his advisers 
decided that it was necessary to 
conserve coal and fuel oil to. make 
up what we had burned through 
this 'terriflc winter. They also de- 
cided it was necessary to make cer- 
tain groups of thoughtless, play- 
minded citizens conscious of this na- 
tion being at war. They could ac- 
complish *oth these ends, to some 
degree, they decided, by taking the 
playboys' and playgirls' drinks, and 
bad air, away from the"m at mid- 
night, and starting them home from 
the night spots. And was there a 
protest! | 

Well, I remember, and so do you 
when the nightclub lads were going 
lo be ruined by a 10% war tax and 
the high price of liquor. They 
survived that. .Then they were go- 
ing to be ruined — absolutely ruined 
Ih's . tisno — by- » .20-%.'- tax. .-An44hey. 
got by that. Now, oh, brother! The 
best and most prosperous of them 
are taking the order gracefully, and 
a little as though it were a . grand 
favor to the country for them to be 
patriotic. But there are others who 
are practically fighting each other 
to gel in line for the poorhouse 
I wonder how we would feel about 
all this if we were over there on 
the Western front? Or down there 
on Iwo Jima? Or had someone 
pinch-hitting for us? 



revelation sort of technique, each 
two-scener presenting a different as- 
pect to the narrative in about the 
same way as musical variations pre- 
sent a given theme in differing lights. 
So what begins as a commonplace 
ends as a thoughtful but never un- 
entertaining tour de force in subtle- 
ties of man-woman relationships in 
general and of feminine ego in par- 
The direction by George 
Kellv. whose first play this is since 
"Reflected Glory" eight years ago, is 
as delicate and as ■concentrated -.as 
the materials of the play. All this Is 
predicated on performances of equal 
finish and for the most part they're 
there. 

Jean Dixon, in her first part calling 
for any emotional range, turns in. a 
stunning performance as the woman 
whose uncertainty as to the identity 
of the erring one is made unendura- 
ble by Mrs. Sykes, while Catherine 
Willard as Mrs. Sykes lends just the 
proper emphasis on her "depth." Big 
surprise is Neil Hamilton's dramatic 
resource in the seemingly easy but 
actually verv difficult role of the 
husband, and there is a fine, sensitive 
scene contributed at the final cur- 
tain by Gwen Anderson and Rioh- 
ard Martin. Excellent work, In fact, 
by Margaret Bannerman and all the 
principals. 

As indicated, sock chances are slim 
for so fragile a play, but it should 
have little difficulty selling itself to 
first nighters as a special experience 
obtainable only in the legitimate the- 
atre in the best sense of that term. 

V Elle. 



market. In terms of U. S. soin the 
estimated $10,000,000 in Aim rentals 
reported accrued to U. S. dlstribs in 
France would thus be worth around 
$2,500,000 U. S. funds, If t lis antici- 
pated $20,000,000 annual market in 
France doe« materialize for U. 3. 
distribs, llie value of ■ that territory 
would drop, to $5,000,000 annually 
should the franc depreciate In value 
as expected. This is indicative of 
the possible world-wide effect on 
U. S. film rentals and. iii turn, on 
costs of film production and net 
profits to American majors. That's 
even more readily understood when 
considered in the light of many a 
$1,000,000 or $2,000,000 U. S.. domes- 
tic grosser which has grossed as 
much in foreign rental. 

II is 'virtually certain that ex- 
changes will fluctuate after the war 
and that Him rental remittances 
from, abroad, even Ht reduced U. S. 
values, will become uncertain un- 
less some monetary agreement is 
reached. 

Future of the U.. S. film industry 
is thus regarded by industry leaders 
as closely interwoven with the Bret 
ton Woods proposals whereby Uncle 
Sam would put up some $6,000,000, 
000 of an. $18,000,000,000 inter 
national monetary pool to maintain 
a high level of exports when lend 
lease ends. The plan call9 ■ for a 
Monetary Fund to stabilize curren- 
cies and grant temporary loans to 
nations needing exchange over I 
short-term period to pay for iny 
ports. There would also be an In- 
ternational Bank to provide direct, 
long-term loam for reconstruction 
purposes. 

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LaGuardia 

Continued from page 51 



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holding of . the ' Belasco license 
should not have occurred except for 
reason specifically provided for in 
the law, which bars sex degeneracy 
and perversion, buj which must be 
proved at a court trial. 

Suit for damages to Lee Sabinson, 
producer of "Trio," was filed in 
Supreme Court, Moss being named 
as defendant because he "intention- 
ally and maliciously" induced the 
owners of the Belasco to oust the 
play. 

During the Astor meeting it was 
proposed to boycott the N.Y. City 
Center, municipally-owned and op- 
erated theatre, formerly known as 
Mecca . Temple. ' Idea was for all 
stage unions to declare the house 
unfair but the matter was shouted 
down. Elmer Rice resigned from 
the City Center board because of 
the censorship by Moss, who is the 
theatre's, managing director. La 
Guardla is prez of the board, Mar- 
garet . Webster followed suit last 
week. Still on the board, however, 
is Howard S. Cullman, one of the 
chief backers of '.'Trio." 

Mike Todd, from the Coast got in 
on the fight by remote control, 
sending a four-page telegram to the 
League of New York theatres, 
which arranged the Astor - session. 
He had plenty to say about Moss 
and the. threat to. close his "Star and 
Garter," -Music Box, N. Y„ a couple 
of seasons ago. Todd, figuring he 
might be ousted from the theatre, 
took over the 48th Street, which 
now ha# "Harvey," and whtcb li 
netting Todd « nlfty» profit weekly, 



The U. 8. plan Is to end or fore- 
stall the practice of blocking pay 
menls; to put an end to artificial 
trade barriers such as quotas, im 
port licensing, export , control, car- 
tellzation of industry and bilateral 
treaties. 

The Bretlon Woods plan, however 
may' be stymied. There is a wide 
gulf between British and American 
economic, views. Britain does not 
want loans from the U. S. and has 
definite reservations regarding the 
Bretton Woods proposals. . The 
Federation of British Industries 
(equivalent of the National Associa- 
tion of Manufacturers In the U. S.) 
asserts that it would be a mistake to 
believe that the world Monetary 
Fund would tie the fortunes of the 
United Kingdom to the rigidities of 
the gold standard. 

British leaders say that unless 
Britain oan see her way more olear- 
ly out of the debts she has already 
lnourred she does not want to. Incur 
new ones. Britain wants trade ar 
tahgements whereby debte oan be 
paid off with exports. British bank' 
er« are opposed to long-terms loans 
from the proposed $9,100,000,000 In 
ternatlonal Bank and to the provisions 
of the $8,800,000,000 Monetary Fund 
which, it is claimed, would take the 
power to revalue sterling out of the 
hands of the British bankers. 
Britain's Plan 
A planned economy, it is claimed 
is ■ necessary for Britain and other 
countries after the war. Predicted 
that Great Britain will find It neces 
sary to maintain a rigid control of 
Imports after the war and adopt 
other measures, such as devaluation 
of the pound, to Increase exports 
witty the object of attaining a more 
favorable balance of trade. It is ad 
mltted by British industrialists that 
among the plans for attaining 
higher level of exports .for Britain 
are some which are distasteful to 
American opinlon-r-such as the plans 
for quotas, licensing and cartels! 

The effect whloh miscellaneous 
planned national economies, lnclud 
ing currency devaluation, could have 
oan be seen in the drop in world 
prices of some 30% during the cur- 
rency devaluation period from 
around 1928 to .1937. 

U.-S. Government officials see in 
the proposed Johnson act repeal 
(making loans again available to 
countries which defaulted previous- 
ly); through the proposed Interna- 
tional Bank for the making long- 
term direct loans available for re- 
construction . and development pur- 
poses, and in the^ International 
Monetary Fund, a means of prevent- 
ing a huge decline In U. S. export 
trade, now reportedly around $15,- 
000,000,000 annually.' 

Cessation of lend-lease might cut 
this export trad* to around $4,000,- 
000,000 or less. The effeot on foreign 
film rentals would not be as great 
proportionately, but the decline 



would obviously be extremely se- 
vere. U. S. Government, aiming to 
head off the threatening slump in 
exports, which would affect the na- 
tional economy adversely, is seeking 
to maintain high export levels arter 
the lend-lease era. Government offi- 
cials say that the Bretlon Woods plan 
would pave the- way for U. S. ex- 
ports of arieast $10,000,000^000 an- 
ually. 

Bankers '" 

Meantime, like the British bank- 
ers and economists who "have been - 
opposing the plan for the Interna- 
tional Monetary Fund, American 
bankers are also advising against this 
proposal, although in favor of the 
International Bank. U. S. bankers 
contend that the Monetary Fund 
does not solve the basic problem of 
tabillzation of exchange rates— a 
problem which affects the motion 
picture industry vitally when it is 
considered that foreign grosses rep- 
iesent_from 35% to 40% of total (U. 
and foreign) film rentals. . 
So much for the double-barrelled 
threat to U.-S. foreign film business 
along economic lines. 

Ideological warfare, according to 
reports, has also begun in various 
parts of the ; world as if in prepara- 
tion for the day when imports of 
American films into those countries 
will be limited. Sharp criticism of 
the quality of American films is re- 
ported in some territories. In oth- 
ers there appears to be an effort to 
steer altedance away from Ameri- 
can films because of the alleged 
harmful moral effect. Thus, the 
American film; in the front line of 
attack because it has proved Uncle 
Sam's best salesman in the. field of 
commerce and goodwill, has a heavy 
stake in international monetary 
agreements. . 



25% Ceiling 

Continued from page 1 



time incomes for the public in gen- 
eral would make the 20% tax look 
much bigger than it does now, and 
the boxofflces would probably suffer. 

Treasury is deeply concerned over 
the drive, and Issued a rcporl last, 
week pointing put that the only al- 
ternative would be to Impose more 
sales and excise taxes on the con- 
sumers, most of which would hit the 
fellows in the lower brackets. 

One likely development, it is 
pointed out here, would be that the 
present big earners in- show bii, for 
example, would have their incomes 
slashed anyway if the boxofflce 
should fall off due to a continuation, 
of the present 20% amusement tax. 



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LEOITIMATS 



CK Otf; Turtle' Faib to SRO for 1st 
foe But 2QG. Ulossom' Opens Big, 24G 



Chicago, March 6. ♦ 
an attractions were off last week. 
i-52dlnB 'T*l»e Voice of the Turtle," 
Such SSled to sell out for the first 
SS? to 22 weeks. Opinions for the 
md vary among managers, with sev- 
2nf convinced the curfew is begin- 
Sn< to take its toll at the boxoffice, 
SoSling to the drop in window sales. 
Suwrs feel that the public are in an 
adjusting period and things will soon 
Sunce back but none has blamed it 
oninccme tax payments soon due. 
•woffiom Time" opened, very well at 
the Civic and mail reservations have 
acceded all expectations of the man- 

'^^Estlmates for Last Week 
. "Blossom lime," Civic (1st week) 
/•(00; $3.60). First seven perform- 
ences ' of perennial favorite did 
<24000. ' 

"Chicken Every Sanday." Black- 
' stone (6th week) (U00; $3). Took 
mother drop, to $12,000. 

"Glass Menagerie," Civic (10th 
„tek) (900; $3.60). Window sales have 
dropped off but advance sales held 
gross up to $16,000. 

-"Over 21," Studebaker (4th week) 
(1'40D' $3). Socked harder than oth- 
ers with drop of $2,000 for total of 
110,000. 

"Searching Wind," Erlangcr (2d 
week) (1.500; $3.80). Managing to 
keep in the parade with slight de- 
crease to $17,000. .... 

Tea Little Indiana," Harris (17th 
week) (1,000; $3). Held even at box- 
office with $15,000. '■■'«„, 

"Veiee *f the Turtle." Selwyn (22d 
week) (1,000; $3). Sellout spell 
broken for first time but virtual ca- 
' parity at $20,100. 

ROSALINDA' $21,400 
IN WEEK AT CLEVE. 

Cleveland, March 6. 
New Opera Co.'s "Rosalinda" had 
good sailing at Hanna last week, 
hatching estimated $21,400 in eight 
performances as result of favorable 
weather conditions. Gross was over 
what, house expected, since the Jo- 
hann Strauss operetta wasn't strong 
m marquee names. 
' Mae West's "Catherine Was Great" 
having edge taken off its current 
Raima biz by exceptionally high In- 
terest in booking of "One Touch of 
fenus" for week of March 10. The- 
atre's staff run ragged by avalanche 
advance orders for Mary Martin- 
John Boles musical, Which promises 
to be a sellout before it arrives here. 



Tifteriie' Strong 
$21,000 » PHtsbergh 

Pittsburgh, March 6. 

Pittsburgh wasn't quite as good to 
"Catherine Was Great" as other key 
allies on tour have been but Mae 
west's name still managed to attract 
pretty strong $21,000 last week at 
Nixon. Played to $3.60 (including 
(ax) top. Notices war* what they had 
been in New York and elsewhere, 
pretty punk from a critical stand- 
point but just right for the boxoffice, 
with the result that biz held a steady 
pace ail through engagement, falling- 
iff chiefly at afternoon performances, 

Nixon currently has "One Touch 
of Venus" at highest top of the sea- 
wn, $4.80. Apparently won't make 
rpuch differe nce sin ce advance sale Is 
terrihcT practically —three " complete ■ 
Performances .having been sold out 
vta mall orders even before tickets 
went on sale at the boxoffice. 



Racklin Heads Memphis 
Al Fresco Music Post 

Memphis, March 6. 
lira Racklin of the Philadelphia 
Opera Co., will become musical di- 
rector and conductor of the Memphis 
Open Air Theatre for the 1943 sum- 
mer season, replacing George Hirst, 
who remains in New York this year 

X musical director for CBS' "We, 
e People" program. 
■ Hirst's poat as producer will ba 
taken by Victor Morley, libretto di- 
rector the past five years under 
Hirst. Morley will double in the 
two jobs. 

Roserharie Brancato has signed to 
•tar in the first two productions. 
Iwlfe Sedan will serve as comedian 
lor all six shows, Charles Yearstey 
as baritone in three. 
. Roster of attractions:. "Desert 
Jong," "Fortune Teller," "Red Mill/-' 
^Roberta," "New Moon" and "Vaga- 
bond King." Budget haa been upped 
from $97,44B last year to $72,000 for 
1946, with admfahes also rising in 
proportion. 



DeL Holds Up; 'Okk' 
38G, 'Ms Honse' 16G 

Detroit, March 6. 
Grosses here continue at a high 
level with only two of the three 
houses, currently lit. 

"Oklahoma" has settled down to 
rounding out its four weeks at the 
Cass at a capacity figure. Third 
week's figure again was $38,000, the 
only, variation being in the first 
week, when the Guild subscription 
mavkdown brought $32,000, It is a 
cinch for 14GG for. the month. "One 
Touch of Venus" follows for a week 
on March 12. 

Hollywood names in "Doll's House" 
gave the Lafayette a choice figure, 
just under $16,000, with the top at 
$2.50.' Ibsen continues for another 
week when ZaSu Pitts in "Ram- 
shackle Inn" follows. 

Wilson currently is dark but also 
resumes on March 12 with "Lady in 
Danger:^ 

7enas' 4(^€, 36G 
To 'Victory,' PMly 

Philadelphia, March 6. 
Philadelphia has turned out in full 
force for a bunch of musicals this 
year and has done well by a certain 
number of more serious dramas, but 

it has been very scanty in its sup- 
port of light straight comedies that 
boasted no big marquee names. 
"Soldier's Wife," "Perfect Marriage" 
and "The Overtons" had' the names 
and clicked despite adverse criticism 
but most of the others fell by the 
wayside. That's exactly what hap- 
pened here last week. 
. All the bo. activity was divided 
between. "One- Touch of Venus," 
which got $40,500 in its third and 
last capacity week at the Shubert, 
the slight upping being due to more 
standees crowded in, and the big 
Air Force show, "Winged Victory, 
which was the expected sensation in 
its first week (of 'four) at the For- 
rest, the only surprise weakness be- 
ing exhibited for the Wednesday 
matinee. .Extra ads were taken out 
to boost this performance, which 
wound up with okay if not sellout 
attendance. . Saturday matinee also 
had some /Vacancies. Week's gross 
was $38,000 at $4 34 top. 

The city's other two leglteis were 
pretty well lost in the shuffle. "Hap- 
pily Ever After," at the Walnut, was 
caught by second-stringers who 
weren't very enthusiastic, but Gene 
Lockhart's film name meant enough 
to get the rather amusing comedy 
$7,000 in its first local frame. "Calico 
Wedding," in its second and final 
week at the Locust, lacked entirely 
the marquee names and also suf- 
fered from mixed notices. It was 
considerably under $6,000 In its get-: 
away sessibn. 

This week brings in two newcom- 
ers; one. "The Merry Widow" (Shu- 
berts), played here last fall at the 
Forrest and turned into a capacity 
sensation, and it had a nice advance 
sale when if" opened last night (5/ 
for a two weeks' stay at the Shu- 
bert; the other, "Kiss Them for Me" 
(formerly "The Lovely Leave"), will 
have its preem here* at the Locust 
on Thursday (8) Instead of bowing 
in in Wilmington first. Plays here 
nine days. 

Next Monday finds "Kiss and Tell" 
starting a two weeks' return engage- 
ment at the Walnut, with "Kiss 
Them for Me." "Widow" and 
"Winged Victory" holding. March 
22 brings another tryout, "Dinner 
for Three," which is about the eighth 
Thursday preem Philly has had this 
season. The Shubert gets its' third 
non-musical booking of the season 
on the 26th when -The Two Mrs. 
Carrolls" starts a two weeks' stay 
there. On Monday, April 2, "The 
Student Prince" is due back tat the 
Forrest) and "A Doll's House" re- 
vival is set at the Locust, also for a 
fortnight. Shubert has an open 
week starting March 10, but there 
have been rumors that "Widow" 
might hold for a third sessibn. Also 
vacant on the booking charts right 
now are the weeks at the Walnut 
starting March 26, but a post-Easter 
show or two are confidently expect- 
ed there. The Forrest gets the long- 
awaited "Oklahoma" on AprR 30 and 
figures it for a summer stay. 



..US*!"! Battel*, recently in "Sa- 
M Thompson," set for lead in*"Bal- 
* i with Detroit Clvl? Light 
i Co. watt of April 17. WluSbo 
rGaylord JWenal in "Showboat" 
> group w«tk May 3fc 



'Othello' $24,200, Sf^ 
Tun Time' $19,600 

San Francisco, March 6. 

Paul Robeson, in opening week of 
Theatre Guild's "Othello" at 1,550- 
seat $3-top Geary theatre, jammed 
house for sensational $24^00, biggest 
in year in this entertainment-hun- 
gry, war-jammed city. 

Paul. Small's "Fun-Time" revue, 
with Martha Raye, hit terrific fourth 
week $19,000 at 1,776-seat $3-top 
Curran theatre. This tops previous 
week by $1,200. 



Klrkland Gives Up Farming 

East on, Pa., March 6. 
Jack Kirkland, author and play- 
wright, last week sold all equipment, 
including cattle, on his farm in. 
Springfield Township, near here, but 
not At land. 



'Sykes Sleeper 
1% in 7 at Hub 



. Boston, March 8. 
"The Deep Mrs. Sykes" proved 
something of a sleeper after open- 
ing here last week Tuesday (27); Play 
drew good but- slightly cautious no- 
tices as something of a novelty and 
it caught on for a very good first 
week although name draw is not too 
strong. "Dark of the Moon," mean- 
while, grew to SRO proportions on 
second week as Guild-Theatre So- 
ciety bill and is in its final week here 
now in definite SRO style. "Much 
Add About Love," in the process, 
held its own on first full week and 
"Merry Widow" finished its third 
nicely. No houses report detectable 
influence following installation of 
the midnight curfew. "Ice Follies" 
remained a sellout all shows on its 
last session here. 

Ahead are "A Place of Our Own" 
at the Wilbur, March 12; "The Two 
Mrs! Carrolls," Shubert, same night; 
"The Barretts of Wimpole Street," 
Opera House. March 16; "Star Span- 
gled Widow," Plymouth, March 19; 
"Carousel," , Colonial, March 27; 
"Common Ground," Wilbur, April 2, 
and "Kiss and Tell," mid-April. Met 
Opera comes in' April 5 for a 10-day 
session. ■•■ . 

Estimates for Last Week 

"Dark of the Moon," Shubert (1.- 
500; $4.20;. Stayed at same sellout 
level on second week for an esti- 
mated $26,000 on Guild-Theatre So- 
ciety special, a wow take. Final week 
current. 

"Deep Mrs. Sykes," Wilbur (1,200; 
$3). Opened Tues. (27) and was well- 
liked by first nigbters add press. En- 
couraging advance resulted and nice 
biz for estimated $13,000, seven per- 
formances. Goes to the Plymouth to 
finish stay here next week (12). 

"Merry Widow," Opera House (3.- 
000; $3). Third week of return visit 
okay estimated $18,000 to finish run. 

"Much Ado About Love," Colonial 
(1,500; $4.20). Second week doing 
okay despite so-so notices with strong 
advance lifting, estimate to pretty 
good $22,000 on eight performances. 
Final week current. 



Tun Time' Bows in LA.; 
W Takes Away 38G 

Los Angeles, March 6. 

Legit here is on the upswing, with 
Paul Small bringing his "Fun Time" 
revue into the Mayan theatre last 
Thursday night. Advance sales, plus 
window sales, were heavy. Top coin 
was pulled in by the Gilbert and 
Sullivan company at the Biltmore, 
which grossed $20,000 with extra 
perfarznaceas or .-Sunday.. Savoy op- 
erettas took in $38,000 for the two- 
week stand. 

Ken Murray's "Blackouts of 1945" 
at EI Capitan went through Its 140th 
week with usual * $14,800 capacity. 
"Maid In the Ozarks" had a $9,500 
21st week at the Belasco, standard for 
that show. Musart's production of 
"Honey in the Hay" dipped to $3,500 
for the 10th frame, but. no anxiety is 
felt by the operators. 



Current London Shows 

London, March 6. 
"Another Love Story," Phoenix. 
"Arsenlo £ Old Laoe," Strand. 
"Blithe Spirit," Duchess. 
"Emma,'* St. James. 
"Happy * Glorious," Palladium. 
"Honeymoon," York's. 
"Laura,*! St. Martin's. 
"Madame Louise," Garrlck. 
"Meet Navy First," Hippodrome. 
"Merrle England," Winter Gar. 
"Night Venice," Cambridge. ' 
"No Medals," Vaudeville. 
"Panama Hattle," Adelphl. 
"Feek-A-Bob," Whitehall 
"Private Lives," Apollo. 
"Quaker Girl," Stoll. 
"Three. Waltzes," Princes. 
"See How They Run," Comedy. 
"Strike It Again," Wales. 
"Sweeter Lower,? Ambassador!. 
"Three's a Family," Saville. 
"Tomorrow World." Aldwych. 
"What Sou Mean," Cambridge. 
" While Sun Same*." Globe 
"Tear* Setwaek," Wyndhami 



Broadway Off As Much As $10,000, 
Midnight Curfew Taking Its Toll; 
Former Hits Still Keep SRO Pace 



Drop in takings along Broadway 
last week were startling in some in- 
stances. Washington's birthday after- 
math was thought to be the ex- 
planation but that didn't happen last 
year and so showmen figured that 
the midnight curfew had already 
dented theatres. Signs were clear 
enough in the agencies, and mail 
orders have started to dip, meaning 
that people will not come to New 
York for diversion if chased into the 
hay pronto, just as they are. at home. 
Drop in grosses was as high as $10,- 
000 during the week. The standouts 
were not affected because of advance 
sales but they, too, must soon suffer 
if the curfew is not moderated. 

"And Be My Love" stopped. An- 
other, show is being forced to the 
road because of tight booking situa- 
tion. One new play this week and 
four next week will start the pre- 
miere parade of a. dozen shows dur- 
ing March. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Kei/.t. : C (Comedy), D (Drama), 
CD (Comedy-Drama), R (Reuue), 
M 'Musical), O (Operetta). 

"A Bell for Ads no," Cort (13th 
week) (D-1,064; $4.20). Two months 
old, and may be. two years old: be- 
fore the windup; approached $22,000. 

"Anna Xueasta," Mansfield (27th 
week) (D'1.064; $4.20). Running 
over six months and still a hot ticket 
in agencies, with normal gross 
around $20,500. 

"—And Be My Love," National. 
Yanked Saturday (3) after less than 
two weeks; "Calico Wedding" cur- 
rent but must find another spdt be- 
cause "The Barretts Of . Wimpole 
Street" will be revived here 
March 28. 

"Bloomer Girl," Shubert (22d 
week) (M-1,382; $5.40). Got off to 
running start and still up there with 
leaders; all it can get; $33,500. 

"Calico • Wedding ," National (C- 
1.164; $3.60). Presented by Richard 
Myers and Lester -Meyer; written by 
Sheridan Gibney; variable reports 
from out of town; opens tonight (7). 

"Dear Bulb," Miller (12th week) 
(C-940; $4.20).. Laugh show one of 
the best on' list and getting all 
house will hold; $18,700. 

"Follow the Girls," 44th Street 
(47th week) (M-1.462; $4.80). Dipped 
after holiday week to around $29,000 
but one of the sturdiest musicals. 

"Good Night, Ladles," Royale (7th 
week) (F-1,084; $3.60). Eased off 
with the field last week, count be- 
ing around $9,000; had extra mati- 
nee previous week. 

"Harvey." 48th Street (18th week) 
(C-923; $4.20). Getting as many re- 
peaters as anything in town; click- 
ing to capacity, $19,000. 

"Hats Off to lee," Center (37th 
week) ' (R-2,994; $1.98). Slipped to 
around $26,000. which was $10,000 
under Washington's birthday week, 
when an extra matinee was played. 

"Hope for the Best," Fulton (4th 
week) (C-940; $4.20). Slipped to 
around $12,500, which is fair money 
at the. scale; has started Sunday per- 
formances. 

• "I Remember Mama," Music Box 
(20th week) (CD-979; $4,20). One 
of the exceptions; grosses have been 
conservatively estimated but count 
is close to $22,000. 

"Jaeobowiky and ike CotenaL" 
Beck (C-1,214; $3.80). Final and 52nd 
week; has made excellent run of it 
and should dp well on tour; around 
si 5.000; "Foolish Notion" next week, 



(C-614: $8.60). Held its recent aver 
age pace of around $9,600, which was 
better than most other run shows. 

"Lafflng Boom Only." Winter Gar- 
den (10th week) (R-1.522; $8). One 
of the shows that got socked last 
week; drop in takings almost $9,000; 
rated around $35,000. 

"Lady Soya Tea," Broadhurst (8th 
week) (M-1.100; $4.80). Another 
musical that was considerably 
clipped last week, when gross ap- 
proximated .$16,500. 

"Late Geerco Apley," Lyceum 
(15th week) (C-993: $4.20)> Among 
the standouts hot affected last week, 
when regular pace was maintained; 
$18,000. 

"Life With Falter," Empire (274th 
week) (C-1,082; $3.60). Biding along 
to some profit at approximately 
$10,000. 

"Mexican Hayrlde," Majestic (57th 
week) (M-1.095; $0). Around $22,500; 
low mark so far. 

"Oklahoma," St James (100th 
week) (M-1,529; $4.80). There are 28 
persons allowed to stand, and that's 
the count every nlghti'over fSlfiOO. 

"One Man Show," Barrymore <4th 
week) (C4,086; $420). Disappoint- 
ing up to date; last week's gross was 
less than $7,000, light at scale. ' 

"On ' The Town," Barrymore (4th 
week) (C-1,086; $4.20). Off, too, last 
week but not as much as some musi- 
cals; around $38,000. 

"School for Brides," Ambassador 
(31*t week) (C-1,117; $».«0). Dipped 
under normal last week when the 
gross «n •round $*,50O; opera ting 
hut modem; however. 

-Savon LIT*** Ma," ZJcgfeld (lath 
week) (H-1JM; #). Midweek mat- 



inee was off but last half of week 
claimed to have been capacity! 
quoted off to around $44,000, but re- 
ported gross was lower. 

"Sing Out, Sweet Land," Interna- 
tional (10th week) (M-1,350; $4.80). 
Eased off last week,' when approxi- 
mate gross was placed around $20,500. 

"Snafu," Biltmore (C-926; $3.60). 
Final and 20th week; had been doing 
moderately well but forced to road 
because of house shortage. "Happily 
Ever After," follows next week. 

"Soldier 1 . Wife," Golden (21st 
week) (CD-789; $6). Went off to 
around $8,500 but for one-setter 
that s okay in small house. 

"Song of Norway," Imperial (28th 
week) (0-1,427; $6). Has been doing 
great business, and last . week the 
count again was over $41,000. 

"Ten Little Indians," Plymouth 
(35th week) (D-1,075; $3.60). Doing 
very well for meller; around $12,000, 
which is nearly the normal pace. • 

"The Hasty Heart." Hudson (9th 
week) (D-1,094; $3.60). Slipped like 
many other attractions but regis- 
tered $12,500 on week; still good. 

"The Overtons," Booth (4th week) " 
(CD-712; $3.60). Hasn't done so well 
but management will' give it "further 
try; moves to Forrest next week; 
around $6,000. • 

"The Volee of the Turtle." Morosco 
(56th week) (C-986; $4.20). Looks 
like the "Oklahoma" of straight play*, 
count being over $21,500. 

"Up In Central Park," Century (5th 
week) (0-1,713; $6). Standee limit 
of fire department is 26 persons; that 
many over capacity are- generally 
present; $49,000. . . 

REVIVAL 

"The Tempest," Alvin Cflth week) 
(D-1,331; $3.60), Went off last week 
with the approximate gate around 
$21,000; moves to the- Broadway, after 
another week; "The Firebrand' of 
Florence" ("Much Ado About Love") 
follows week of March 19. 



TALLU-N0T10N' BIG 
$2€ 9 OOaOi0.CSRO 

.Washington, March •. '. i - 
Tallulah Bankhead in, the new 
Philip Barry play, "Foolish Notion,*' 
annexed estimated 426,000 in' eight 
performances at the National theatre 
last week. Cutrate tickets of the 
American Theatre Society reduced 
the gross. With all seats sold for the 
night engagements, and matinees 
packed; she will get $53,000 on the 
two weeks. 

"The Student Prince," here on its 
'teenth visit, has piled up a moun-, 
tain of mail orders. Then cornea 
"Winged Victory" on March 26. , 
I'll April, Elisabeth Bergner arrival 
in "The Two Mrs. Carrolls," to be 
followed by the Lillian Hellman play, 
"The Searching Wind.", 

Hiyes-'Harmt' SRO 
$19^kTwuGti« 

Minneapolis, March 8U 
' Helen Hayes in "Harriet" did com- 
_ _ _ plete capacity in tho Twin Cities, gof- 

"KIm and faif, h 'Bftou' : l"l'st'wiei[r^ikii^ 



matinee at $3.60 top. A single nil 
at the St Paul Auditorium brougrx 
in $6,000 while two nights and * mat- 
inee at the 2,108-seat Lyceum here 
pulled $13,800. 

Although one critic said the per- 
formance reminded him of an insuffi- 
ciently rehearsed high achool show, 
the Shubert*' production ot "The 
Merry Widow" groaned a fair t»jm 
for three night* and a matinee at the 
Lyceum, sub-zero weather and near- 
buzzards aa well as unfavorable re- 
views hurting. Top waa $3. 

A return engagement of "Kisi and 
Ten,", also at the Lyceum and at • 
top, yielded only a fair $6^08 i» 
three night* and a matinee, hie) 
weather handicapping the bonoftia*. 

It was the longest stretch, at MB - 
s'ecutive legit roadshow attractfoi* 
here in years. 

Hayes ltQ in 4 at M*w%ee 

Milwaukee, March 9. 
Helen Hayes' "Harriet" drew $1*> 
000' m tour performances at toe 
Davidson, Feb. 26-28— all that the 
house could hold, 

ZaSu Pitta had a mtaefprej* re- 
ception in "Ramshackle InnTv Wt 
took a hefty $0,000 In four perlocrir 
ances at $3 top at the Eigllsh M*rCJt 

but bout* if .wMMMt a*, a tt ia fl i n ,. 
after that fa n Ur *tea fjep- . i&t^n. 
net ibowg am IMl sanMk 



•4 



Wednesday, March 7, 1945 



OBITUARIES 



HAL HALPEBIN 

Hal Halaerin, in his late 40s, died 
•f opronary thrombbsla in Miami 
Junday (4). ''Variety's" man. for 
hi any years in Chloago, he had been 
Ik for about three years. Details 
fas I. : .'; ■ 

RALPH A.KOHN 

Ralph A. Kohn, 94, former treas- 
urer and member of Paramount's 
ioard of directors, most recently in 
a Insurance business, died in N. Y. 
!aroh 4. 

(Details in film section).- . 



MARK 9ANDRICH 

Mark Sandrich, 44, one of out- 
standing producers and directors of 
musical films, died in Hollywood 
March 4 of heart disease. 

(Details in film section). 



TILLIE. LEBLANG JASIE 

There were 24 paid obit notices 
tor tlllie Leblang Jasle in the N. Y. 
Times last Friday (2), the day after 
death of the former widow of Joe 
Leblang, one-time wealthy ticket 
man. The notices were in apprecia- 
tion of Leblang's philanthropies, 
which were carried on when She 
later wed William Jasie, an at- 
torney. Curiously enough only one 
obit carried the Leblang name. All 
the notices were inserted by Jewish 
charity and fraternal organizations. 

Remains reposed at the Riverside 
Memorial Chapel, N. Y., until Sun- 
day (4) morning and large throngs 
oame to pay their respects to the 
family. Mrs. Jasie had been ill for 
more than a year. She was sent 
home from a hospital about six 
months ago but it was known that 
•he could not survive her ailment. 

Mrs. Jasie nursed her first husband 
over_many years. Although he at- 
tended to business almost daily he 
suffered from an infection, of the 
knee that never cleared up. After 
he died in 1931, the then Mrs. Le- 
blang took an active part in the 
Leblang-Gray ticket agency. Several 
months ago she turned over the 
business to her three daughters by 
her first marriage, Mrs. Etta Samil- 
son, Mrs". Dorothy .Mark and Sirs. 
Adele Greenbaum. First-named is 
now In charge of the business, now 
called Leblang's. 

Ticket magnate owned the entire 
blook between 42nd and 43rd streets 
op the east side of Broadway, evalu- 
ation being $15,000,000, and also sev 
oral theatres. Wall street collapse 
and the depression saw the. estate 
paTed way down 

Mrs. Jasie was nearly 64. Funeral 
was held Sunday (4) at Beth Israel 
synagogue, N. Y< 

GEORGE BLACK 

George Black, 34, one of Great 
Britain's foremost theatrical produc 
ers and directors, died in London 
March 4 after an. illness of many 
weeks following an operation. While 



since New Year's Eve with broken 
hip. Actress, who was born in Nash- 
ville, Tenn., started her oareer as a 
child actress, making her first New 
York appearance at Broadway thea- 
tre in 1888 with a small part in "La 
Tosca" with Fanny Davenport. 

Her first New York success was 
Corin In "As You Like It" in 1894. 
In 1895, she appeared in "Puddin' 
Head Wilson"' with Frank Mayo. 
Then she went on a tour of the U.S.' 
with her own company playing 
character and lead roles. Scoring a 
hit in London In 1905 In "Clarice," 
she then returned to N.Y. and played 
in several productions until 1923, 
when she bowed in the role of 
Widow Cagle in "Sun Up." Play 
was toured both in Europe and in 
U.S. until 1927. Although in legit 
work until 1932, she entered pic- 
tures' completely with a co-star spot 
opposite Edward G. Robinson in 
"Little Caesar" and also In 'Tale of 
Two Cities," and several other films. 
Her picture work was concluded 
with vocal ' chores as Queen and 
Wicked Witch in "Snow White" for 
Walt Disney: She had been retired 
since 1937, living in Culver City and 
as co-owner of a nltery. 

During her career, she had played 
command performances before Ed- 
ward VII of England, Leopold of 
Belgium and Kaiser Willielm. Fun- 
eral services will be held next Fri- 
day at Culver City with Interment 
at Inglewood cemetery. She leaves 
no immediate relatives. 



sota, O'Malley became an aotor In 
1923 and appeared later on the stage 
In N. Y. and London. Among his 
plays were ,( Deolslon" ''Golden 
Boy," "Heavenly Express 1 ' and "Time 
of Your Life. 1 ' 

He recently arrived In Hollywood 
and signed a four-ploture deal with 
Republic after making his film debut 
in "A Sporting Chanoa." Survived 
by his widow, Mrs. Sheila O'Malley, 
freelance publicist, and two ohildren. 

GLADYS LONG 

Gladys Long, 50, vaude and legit 
actress, died in New York Feb. 28. 
In private life she was Mrs. Harry 
Davis. Husband Is head electrician 
for "Harvey" at 48th Street theatre, 

;.Y.. • 

Mrs. Davis made her stage debut 
In vaude with her parents, Nick 
Long and Idaiene Cotton, who had 
been a comedy headline act for 
years. She later diverted to legit, 
appearing in several of the late 
David Belasco productions, including 
The Sun Daughter." Also. "The 
Man Who Came Back" and a number 
of other productions. 

In additio nto her husband, a 
brother, Nick Long, Jr., survives her. 



CHARLES COHEN 

Charles Cohen, 40, known in bur- 
lesque and vaudeville as "Peanuts" 
Bohn, died last. Tuesday (27) in a 
hospital at Memphis, Tenn., of illness 
contracted in Italy during a USO- 
Camps tour. Bohn was head of the 
USO troupe, 'The Merrymakers," 
when stricken. I 

He started his. career as an imita- 
tor of Charlie Chaplin in amateur 
shows 20 years ago. He recently ap- 
peared In the musical "Keep Off the 
Grass" and' also worked in "Star and 
Garter." He also played with Ab- 
bott and Costello in a comedy trio 
at the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, be- 
fore the pair went to Hollywood. 

A native Philadelphian, Bohn was 
the son of Louis and Ida Cohen. His 
father was an entertainer . in Russia 
before coming to U. S. A brother, 
Marty Bohn,' is a master of cere- 
monies and comic, now being at the 
Little Rathskeller, Philadelphia. An 
other brother, Sgt. Harry Cohen, is 
in Germany with the Seventh Army 



JAMES BUTLER 

Pvt. James "Jimmy" Butler, 24, 
one of original "Dead End Kids," 
was killed in action Feb, 18 in 
France, according to word received 
by his wife, former Jean Fahrney, of 
Cedar Rapids, T " Pvl Butler was 
in the artillery. . -orked nine 
years in pictures, appearing in 

Tough as They Come." "Naval 
Academy," "Nurse ■ Edith Cavell," 

Military Academy"- and "Mrs. Wiggs 
of Cabbage Patch." 

His widow, now in Cedar Rapids 
with her parents'" for the duration, 
has been soloist with Horace Heidt's 
dance band and other orchestras. 
They have two sons. 



ALBERT O. BROWN 

Albert (Bert) O. Brown, 73, for- 
mer-broker, theatrical manager, and 
president of the Percy Williams 
Home for actors, died ln.N. Y. March 
6. He also had been a former shep 
herd of The Lambs, where he had 
lived in recent years 

Brown had a prosperous brokerage 
business but was wiped out in the 
1907 depression. After (hat he turned 



known to be in falling health, which 

prevented him from attending recent I to the theatre. In 1910. he became 
openings of his productions, his con- associated with William A. Brady, 



jJ'Uojo ..bA^_rk£Ujif.cr'^ansld£v.ed..srjai. 
oiis. 

Born the son of a theatre property 
master, .Black left school at 11 to 
Join his father in the film industry. 
They established the first permanent 
motion picture theatre in Britain. 

While originally identified with 
film theatre operations and later as 
director of General Theatres Corp. 
and joint managing director of the 
Moss Empire Theatres, Black is best 
known for his stage productions. He 
was considered one of the outstand- 
ing producers of musical shows and 
vaudeville revues in England. Man- 
ner in which- he developed talent and 
Introduced innovations added' to the 
lustre of British show business. His 
shows at the London Palladium were 
best known, to American show busi- 
ness because of the number of big 
U. S. acts , he imported for dates 
there. 

As head of General Theatres Corp., 
position to which Black was named 
soon after he came to London in 
1928, Black had control over the op- 
erations of numerous outstanding 
theatres in the British metropolis. 
oHe was made joint managing direc- 
tor , of the Moss Empire Theatres in 
1038. Estimated that Black had* con- 
trol over more .than 100 theatres in 
London and provincial cities. This 
control was equal to the United 
Booking Office of the U. S. in its 
peak era. 

. .- LUCILLE LA VERNE 
Lucille La Verne, 79, stage, and 
' screen actsets, died March 4 in Oul- 
- W City After being hospitalized 



Wham-he. mp t through .hiS..}iLife_Fj<?nii. 
Wallace Hopper, the actress. He be 
came advance agent for Brady pro 
ductions. When The Playhouse was 
built by Brady in 1911. Brown was 
installed as manager. He later oper 
ated his own booking agency. Brown 
held office as shepherd of The Lambs 
from 1922 to 1932, remaining as a di 
rector of club until his death. He 
had been president of Percy Williams 
Home since 1923, and also was 
trustee of the Actors' Fund ,of Amor 

ica: .. ... '. 

Survived by widow and a sister 



JACK KELLY 

Jack Kelly, 46, former vaude and 
musicomedy actor, was burned to 
death in . the Are that razed the 
Strand hotel, Winchester, N. H„ Feb, 
21. Body was not identified until 
last week. Reported he loft life try 
ing to save lives of other guests. 

Kelly, had appeared in vaude for 
years in comedy and dancing act. At 
one time his partner In the act was 
George prawn, owner of the Strand 
hotel, for whom he was working at 
time .of blaze.. 

Subsequent to quitting vaude he 
had appeared in ; musicomedy and 
had been stage manager -for "Green 
wich Village Follies" and Earl Car 
roll's' "Vanities." Survived by widow, 
Sonia Petrocoff, dancer. 



JOHN O'MALLEY 

John O'Malley, 41, stage and 
screen actor, was killed Feb. 27 in 
an autocraah near Mallbu Beach, Cal 
His ashes will be sent to his farm in 
Rockland County) N. Y. 

Graduate of University of Mlnne 



RANDOLPH PRESTON 

Randolph Preston, 31, N. Y. legit 
actor, was killed In action in France, 
Feb. 3, according to' word received 
by his widow In N. Y. He appeared 
in "By Jupiter," "In Time to Come," 
My Fair, Ladies" and "The World 
We Make." 

Preston, spent much of his spare 
time as an infantry officer in -enter- 
taining- troops. He was wounded on 
Nov. 4, 1944, and -organized shows in 
the hospital while recovering. 



time of death he was a New York 
Athletic Glub employee. 

Mifflin had been in vaude for 
many years, working with aeveral 
partners. At one time, he was 
teamed with Charles (tramp) Mo- 
Nally, both in vaude and burlesque. 

ELMER H. BALDUS 

Elmer H. Baldus, 51, mcmbev of 
USO-Camp Shows legitor, "Night of 
Junuary 16," died Feb. 20 In Italy 
after a heart attack. 

He was a stock player on the West 
Coast. This was his first USO-CS 
tour. 



FRANK LEDllC. 

Francois d'Asslse Leduc. 54,' for 
years Montreal manager of Univer- 
sal Films Exchange and recently 
manager of Sterling Films, died 
March 1 in that city. 

Survived by widow. 

PHYLLIS CONNELL 

Phyllis Connell, 35, engineer at 
WCAE, Pittsburgh, died there last 
week after a heart attack. Miss 
Connell had worked only the day 
before. 



Mrs. Betty Berkoft, 6a, former 
vaudeville actress, died Feb. , 28 in 
Hollywood, following an operation. 
Surviving are two sons, Louis, Mon- 
ogram, producer, and Eugene, now in 
Navy; and two daughters, Frieda and 
Olga. ■ 



Ben Solomon, 56, studio electrician 
for 25 years, died Feb. 28 in Glen- 
dale, Cal. He had been with Colum- 
bia since. 1933. 



Mrs. Zona Belsman, wife of Paul 
Beisman, manager of St. Louis Mu- 
nicipal Opera Co. and American 
Theatre, died in St. Louis March 2. 
Surviving, besides husband, are 
three sons. 



people formerly accustomed ta 
catching shows on Saturdays, per. 
haps the last one at midnight, now 
may go to bed earlier that night and 
instead go to pictures at noon Sun. 
day, when houses open, or shortly 
thereafter as a more regular habit 
cheaper Sunday -matinee prices also 
being an induoemenl in that direo- 
tton. 

New Habits 

One of . the difficulties being e*. 
perienced under the curfew is that 
where shows are drawing heavily 
it's a problem to 'clear- lines; also 
people naturally fall out of .them 
when they learn there'll be so much 
of a wait that theyUl miss the last 
stageshow and perhaps part of the 
picture. Where this problem existed 
during the past week, theatres have 
'announced to formed lines just how 
much of a wait there ' would be so 
that people would not stand outside 
beyond the beginning of the last 
show. Due to stringent fire regula- 
tions in most parts of the : country 
theatres are also being careful not 
to overcrowd interiors. 

Pointed out by statisticians and 
others that it will be .some weeks be- 
fore reliable comparisons can be 
made, using comparable pictures for 
such purposes arid taking into con- 
sideration weather, etc., in order to 
get a line on the situation, The psr. 
centage of drop on holdover attrao* - 
ions may. provide some clue. 

A comparison of grosses the first 
week of the curfew through Sunday 
night (4), with business done the 
prior week may . not provide a true: 
picture, it Is' reminded, since the 
previous stanza included Washing- 
ton's .birthday. Also, this is Lent. 



Tom Jones, 04, head of Warner 
Bros. Theatres billposting dept. 
Chicago, fpr - past 10 years, died In 
Chi, Feb. 23. 

Survived by wife. 



Billy Elmer, 75, oldtime legit and 
vaudeville actor, died Feb. 24 in 
Hollywood after a long illness. His 
real name was William E. Johns. 



FRED DELMAR 

Fred Delmar, 62, lion tamer and 
producer of animal acts for vaude 
and circuses, died Feb. 28 in Rich- 
mond, Va. 

Delmar is probably best known as 
owner and operator of Delmar's 
Lions act, which played vaude and 
was featured in several circuses. 
He had also been associated with 
Clyde Beatty in production of 
animal acts. 



KATHARINE DAYTON 

Katharine Dayton, 54, author and 
playwright, died in N. Y., March 4, 
Former Washington newspaper- 
woman, she was co-author with 
George S. Kaufman on "First Lady," 
which was a starring vehicle for 
Jane Cowl in 1935. She also authored 
'^'KoThe¥ - pTay,~"5av"e — flter-'TI" Waltz/"" 'ftie-baltfnce-of Minnesota- with-North 



SI Feldstein, 57, director oMewish 
programs at WDAS, Philadelphia, 
died in that city, March 4. 



Capt. George Hill, 73, stand-in for 
Nigel Bruce and old friend of Harry 
Lauder, died March 2 in Holly wood 



Mrs. Blanche Artel Wheeler, 80, 

former opera and concert singer, died 
March 4, at Palisades Park, N. J. 



Cuts Film B. 0. 



Continued from page 3 

than in te'rms of states. As one 
exec put- it, 'The people of Vermont, 
New Hampshire and Maine are not, 
generally speaking, stay-up-laters, 
But give me Boston and you can 
have the balance of the three states 
as far as film, revenue is concerned, 
I'll take Minneapolis, SI. Paul and 
possibly one other city in that area 
and you can take the grosses frohl 



which had a brief N. Y. run. In 
addition she had written many sa- 
tirical articles for Saturday Evening 
Post and other publications. 
A sister and brother survive. 



HONORABLE WU (■ 

Honorable Wu, 42, film actor, died 
March 1 in Hollywood. Born in San 
Francisco, Wu started his stage 
career in N. Y. where he played in 
night clubs, vaudeville' and two legit 
plays, "If a Body" and "The First 
Lady." Moving to Hollywood nine 
years ago, he did Oriental roles until 
forced to retire by illness. His last 
role was in a "Mr. Moto"' at 20th- 
Fox. 



ILIA TRILLING 

Ilia Trilling, 49, composer of. Yid- 
dish ballads and musical comedies, 
died in N. Y„ March 4. His work In- 
cluded scores of "David and Esther," 
"jolly Wedding" and "General 
Fishel Duvid." 

Survived by widow, a son, a daugh- 
ter and brother. , 



CHESTER COYNER 

Chester Coyner, 39, was killed in 
an automobile accident in Chicago 
Fe.b. 26. He was a radio announcer 
for boxing and wrestling matches. 
His . wife was . killed in the - same 
crash, 

Survived by parents. ' 



BILLY MIFFLIN 

Billy Mifflin, 62, veteran vaude 
performer, died in New York last 
week following a, heart attack. At 



and South Dakota thrown in. Give 
me New Orleans and I'll let .some- 
one else worry about the rest of 
Lousiana. That's where the effects 
of the curfew are to be gauged 

Theatres in war plant areas, 
where 24-hour swing shifts . arc 
employed, would, of course be 
most susceptible to the curfew. 
It is pointed out further, that 
the smaller turnover at the b.o 
must inevitably show up on distrib 
billings 

While the total national gross may 
not decline much, due to possibly bet- 
ter product, execs state that the short- 
er operating schedules mean a reduc- 
tion In receipts which they would 
otherwise get.; A loss of 5-6% in na 
tional theatre receipts would affect 
rentals by around 2%, or 86,000,000 
to- $7,000,000 annually. Stronger 
product and revamped methods of 
operation to meet new conditions 
could, of course, reduce the poten 
tial slice to a minimum. Effect will, 
of course, be most harmful on weaker 
product. 

May Hypo Nabe Bli 

On the other hand theatre opera- 
tors and distributors look to sub 
stantial increases in gross in neigh- 
borhood and suburban houses, par- 
ticularly the latter, 

Due to squeezing of shows on 
Saturdays and elimination of mid- 
night performances, it is believed in 
operating circles that attendance on 
Sundays will increase and may to an 
important' extent offset the loss of 
shortened ' grinding the day ahead, 
Theory in thla connection is that 



Swing Shift Rentals 

Non-Recoverable Lost 

An angle on the curfew's cut into 
film revenue not heretofore stressed 
is the loss by all branch offices of 
extra rentals on pix playing swing, 
shift shows. Estimates place rental ' 
losses on a single film playing in key 
spots of west coast distribution dis- 
trict between $12,000 and $15,000. 
While distribs figure audience read- 
justment to earlier shows in neat 
future will underwrite portion of 
this cut, loss oyer season will bt 
substantial and not recoverable. In 
instance of Warners' western district, 
releasing 15 or 16 pictures a season, 
take on rentals would drop between 
$175,000 to $200,000 for year. Rental 
drop will be more noticeable in cities 
like San Francisco, San Diego, Oak- 
land than in Los Angeles, where, the- 
atres operating after midnight are 
fewer. Same rental- loss faces other 
ditsribs, who will bear more of bur- 
den under curfew than theatres, 
where individiual slice in profits wiu. 
be smaller. 



MARRIAGES 

Shirley Fenske to Cpl. Pal Lind, 
Fort Benning, Ga., Feb. 24. Groom 
formerly managed Victor theatre, 
Pittsburgh. 

Mrs. Sally Wright to Robert H. 
Cobb, Pebble Beach, Cal,, Feb, 28. 
Groom is president of the Brown 
Derby Corp. 

Mary Elliott to Robert Cummings, 
Riverside, Cal., March 3. Bride and 

grootiT-are-frim -piaycis:- — 

Jo-Carroll Dennlson to Phil Sil- 
vers, Los Angeles, March 2. Bride 
is screen actress;. groom, stage and 
screen comedian. 

Rosemary Deveson to James 
Westerfleld, New York, March 4. 
Bride is with Ballet Russe de Monte 
Carlo; groom, featured player In 
'Sing Out, Sweet Land!", N.Y. 

Vera Shea to Alan Gordon, Las 
Vegas, Nev„ March 3. Bride is a 
showgirl; groom a press agent. _ 
Helen- Gilruth to William .& 
Tubbs, New York, Feb. 16, but not 
announced until last week. Bride, 
known professionally as Helen Mc- 
Gill, . is singer and former vaude 
partner of Eddie Lambert; groom w 
legit actor recently with Mae West 
in "Catherine Was Great." 



BIRTHS 

■Mr. and Mrs. Keenan Wynn, son, 
Hollywood, Feb. 28. Mother is the 
former Eve Abbott, of the stage! 
father stars at Metro. 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Neher. son. 
Des Moines, Feb. 26. Father.* £ 
member of the Songfellows on WHP, 
In .that city. . . , 

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brant, daughter, 
Pittsburgh, Feb. 26. Father is • 
WWSW announcer. 

Mr. and Mrs. James Craig, sofc 
Los Angeles, March 8. Father, nun 
actor. ■ _• 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ventre, son. 
New York, last week. Father » 
music arranger at Roxy theatre. 
N. Y.; mother is assistant to at* ; 
roster, dance director'at Roxy. - 



y-j-^iT. MnA T, 1945 




5ft 



CHATTER 



Broadway 



fiiis Eysscll, Music Hall head, to 
i h e Const for a new, pic o.o. 

■ Charlotte Learn back in "Valiant 
Tarlv " soap opera radio serial. 

Jack ' Sits ^celebrated 40th wed- 
di $mmi&*^ and oiled to the 

Cl tlo Chalzel back from Persian 
Gulf lour in 'Three Men on a 

H Paul" Martin, World-Telly's Broad- 
way columnist, to Miami Beach for 
> vacation. .... .... . 

"Kiss Them for Me" new titte of 
•The lively Leave," will relight- the 
Bclasco March 20. ' . 

"A cigarette free with each drink 
reads a large sign in window of a 
10th avenue saloon. . i . . 

John Murphy, executive assistant 
to Joseph ft. VogeL v.p. of Loews, 
in Miami sunning himself. 

Rence Carroll celebrated her 
birthday and IS years with Sardi's 
on the same day. Monday- ■ , ' 

Al Jolson due in Miami Beach in 
March to recuperate from his recent 
serious illness on the Coast 
, Joe Flynn, press agent for "Laffin 
Room Only." pulled the milk and 
coffee automat stunt first night of 
curfew. 

Gordon Lightstone, general man- 
ager of distribution for Paramount 
in Canada^ here from Toronto for 
h.o. confabs. 

Boniface Jack Harris guest-starred 
himself at his own "celebrity night" 
at La Conga, on the occasion of com- 
ing out of the hosp. 

Lt. Herbert Gepspan, formerly Hal 
Roach sales department, awarded 
bronze star medal. He's currently 
hospitalized in France. 

L. Lawrence Green, RKO Picts 
director, to Coast for a month as 
house-guest of the Floyd Odiums at 
their Indio. Calif., ranch.. 

■ "Senator" Ed , Ford recuperating 
from pneumonia at St. Clare's hosp, 
guestars Ailing in for him on the 
*Can You Top This?" airer. 

Ethel Colbyi drama and film critic 
for WMCA and the Bidder news- 
paper, branching out with personal- 
ity shows for CBS television.' 
' Republic Pictures is negotiating 

J or Nadea Loftua' "Fountain of 
fouth," a script based on life of 
■once de Leon, Spanish explorer. 
Lt. James O'Shea, son of E. K. 
(Ted) O'Shea, eastern sales man- 
ager for Metro, assigned to a Louis- 
ville air base following It months' 
overseas duty. 

Leonard Lyons says taint so; he's 
one columnist who could see hia 
children more at dinner, before he 
went out on the nitery beat, under 
the old, B.C. ibefore curfew) shed. 
Union Dime Savings Bank, N.Y., 
seeking whereabouts of Dave 
hite to adjust inactive account in 
his name.' When last heard from 
actor was appearing in dance act 
with Billie Shaw. 

Producer Felix Brentano In auto 
accident Saturday night when an- 
other car bit him from behind in 
midtown. Not seriously hurt but it 
slows that producer's preparation on 
"Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston." 



W, 



HtJywttt 



-Alan Ladd'laid up with bronchitis. 
Blake McVeigh bedded with strep 

throat. 

Betty Hutlon vacationing at Phoe- 
nix, Ariz. . 

Marie Blake,' Hospitalized with 
pneumonia: 

Harry Mines joined Mutual's pub- 
licity staff. 

Jack Carson classified 1A by his 
draft board. 

Susanna Foster laid up with 
throat trouble. 

George E. Stone soaking up sun 
at Palm Springs. 

Henry Travers celebrating his 45th 
year as an actor. 

Roy Rogers registered on. Uncle 
Sam's 1-A roster. 

.William F. Rogers in town for 
Metro sales huddles. 

Harry Bourne elected president of 
Monogram Studio Club. 

Dick Rosson. Metro director, re- 
covering from surgery. 

Masquers Club staged Its 100th 
weekend party for servicemen. 

Zachary Scott's' illness halted start 
of "Danger Signal" at Warners. 

Major Richard Bong, ace flyer, 
signing autographs for film folks. 

Cary Grant and Barbara Hutton 
announced their second separation. 
-.. D,ana ' Lvnn to York la May 

t < h /? e w S eks at tb * Paramount 

LIndsley Parsons and James S. 

«• tt to Mej tlco City on business. 

Vivien Austin,, contractee at Uni- 
versal since 1942^ checking off the 

. Ka y Kyser returned from southern 
hospiuitour that wound up In Okla- 
homa City. • 

^""y returned for a rest 

SonoV^rTve*. *" *** M bl °° d 

Paul Shields, of Cinema Artists 

rUZ'r* m t0wn ' or huddles with 
Gary Cooper. . 

in» IS* Ramsa J'. studio advertis- 

tra^flSlP&SE °*» e Ro * 
wansfetnd'.fkMH the Army hospital 



at Palm Springs to new stations at 
Atlantic City. ' 

Vivian Delia Chiesa vacationing in 
Palm Springs before starting east 
on concert tour. 

Archie -Stout, studio cameraman, 
received word of his son's death on 
the western front. 

Mary Preen's husband, Pfc. Her- 
bert. Pearson, reported missing in 
action in Germany. . 

Donald Woods legalized his film 
name and dropped his natural cog- 
nomen, Ralph 'Zinke. 

Larry De Prlva. Phillipine branch 
manager for Universal, released 
from Jap prison camp. 
* Pandro S. Berman . returned to 
producer chores at Metro after a six- 
month leave of absence. 

Virginia Yates, publicity director 
for Andrew Stone, shifting to Warn- 
ers' magazine department 

Emilio Santander, Mexican film 
producer, in town to seek releases 
for a series of gaucho films. 

Mrs. William Goetz christened the 
cargo ship, Amherst with Claudette 
Colbert as- matron -of -honor. 

Mary P i c k f o r d entertained 
wounded veterans from Santa Ana 
hospital at her home, Pickfair. 

Leslie Fenton. away from the 
screen 10 years, is acting in "Pardon 
My Past" as well as directing. 

Gladys George in town recuper- 
ating from illness contracted while 
on the road with "Blithe Spirit'' 

Fred MacMunray bought. the Le- 
land . Hayward home in Bel-Air 'and 
is selling his own Brentwood house. 

Sonny Tufts, guest' of honor at 
launching of S.S. Tufts Victory ship, 
named after the college founded by 
his great-grandfather. 

Charlotte Cleary, director of dra- 
matics at Occidental College, moved 
into Paramount's talent department 
tb develop young players. 

Capt Bernard Szold, . honorably 
discharged after four years in the 
Army, returned to pictures as dialog 
director on Columbia's "Rhythm 
Roundup." 



Uwk* 



Harry Foster reelected prexy of 
the Agents' Association. 

David Marks seriously HI and 
given blood transfusions. 

Tony Vivian (Lord Vivian) back 
in harness-after four months' illness. 

Band leader « Maurice Wionick 
married in. London, Feb. IS, to 
Marge Hunter. 

Forsythe, Seamon and Farrell In 
Burma for eight weeks, have ex- 
tended stay to 14 weeks. 

Ronnie Blackie, who is leaving 
the Tucker Agency, Is opening on 
his own add taken offices m Shaftes- 
bury Avenue. 

After passing dividends for nine 
years, British Ml Dominions Film 
Corp. announce a payment of 7H% 
to stockholders. 

"La Guerra Gaucha," film made 
in Buenos Aires, being brought 
over here by Gina Arb* for British 
release. Will be "dubbed." 

Michael Rennie, who made his 
first picture for Gainsborough Films, 
TU Be Your Sweetheart" given 
longterm contract Was recently dis- 
charged from Royal Air Force. 

The new Leslie Henson musical 
will be titled "Henson's Gaieties." 
Others in the cast include Hermione 
Baddeley, Prudence Hyman, Walter 
Crisham, Graham Payn, Carroll Gib- 
bons and band. Show goes into the 
Winter Garden when ready. 



Chicago 



Buddy Lester opens at the Latin 
Quarter, Detroit March 14. 

Jack Hess appointed head of the 
Variety Club publicity committee. 

Herb Wheeler, Warner Bros, the- 
atres district manager, off to Palm 
Beach for a rest. 

Willie Howard and Al Kelly, his 
double-talk man, open at the 8100 
Club March 16. 

Nate PUtt Balaban * Katz pro- 
duction chief, off to Florida and 
Cuba for vacation. 

Philip Ober now playing the lead- 
ing role opposite Ruth Gordon in 
"Over 21" at the Studebaker theatre. 

Moss Hart, with full black beard, 
stopped off on way overseas to play 
his own "The Man Who Came to 
Dinner." 

Members or the Chicago Moving 
Picture Operators' Union, Local 110, 
are each donating a day's pay to the 

Red Cross. 



Hence Cky 

By Doagtas L. Graham* 

George Brent vacationing at 

Acapulco. 

' Orson Welles and frau, Rita Hay- 
worth, visiting. 

Cine Palacio, Agua Caliente's City, 
destroyed by fire. 

Salvador Ochoa, pianist, to the 
US. . for concert dates. ', 

Dolores' del Rio laying off pic 
work for' eight months. 

Cine Rex has resumed as a first 
run house after extensive facelifting. 

Fernando Cortes has graduated 
from pic actor to director. He starts 
bis first soon, "Love 'Drives Us 
Crazy," for Films' Mundlales. 

Leopoldo Ortin, veteran comic, has 



quit pix and resumed stage work. 
He's doing okay on the road. 

Arcady Boytler, Russian oic pro- 
ducer who has long worked in Mex- 
ico, recovering from injuries suf- 
fered when automobile hit him. 

Mexico City Ballet, directed by 
Nellie Campobello, at the Palace or 
Fine Arts < National theatre) with 
the Mexican Symphonic Orchestra, 
Carlos Chavez, conducting. 

Henrik Szering, violinist, back 
from a South. American tour, giving 
recitals at the Palace of Fine Arts 
i National theatre) and- featured on 
weekly "Hurrah for Liberty" pro- 
gram at XEOY (Radio Mil). 



Variety Club, in conformity with 
the curfew law, now closes al mid- 
night. 

Capitol ' theatre came out No. 1 
in the March of Dimes. Collections 
totrJed $26,006. 

National Symphony orchestra in 
its drive for a $150,000 sustaining 
fund, expects to reach the goal, Fri- 
day. i9). 

Lana Turner, here for the opening 
of "Keep Your Powder Dry," met 
the critics Monday <S) at the Shore- 
ham- hotel. 

Catholic University expects to do 
"Peer Gynt" in ApriL Seaman Gene 
Kelly, now at Anacostia, may take 
the leading role. 

Meredith . ' Howards regional di- 
rector for the American Red Cross, 
will ask the "Student Prince" com- 
pany to give a matinee for rehabili- 
tated wounded veterans. 



Literati 



Bosy Louis Sobol 

A bond promotion idea for the 7th 
War Loan, which Hearst ballyhoo 
exec Paul MacNamr.ra gave Louis 
Sobpl. was executed by the latter. 
He got the .03 byliners like Win- 
chell, Drew Pearson, I-L. I. Phillips, 
Dan Parker, Earl Wilipn, George 
Dixon, Louella O. Parsons, Leonard 
Lyons, Dorothy KilgtfUen, Ed Sul- 
livan, Elsa Maxwell, Damon Runyon 
and him'sslf lo write fictional: stories 
which colncidentr.lly -plug lhe : 7th 
Loan and (lngerpoint at the trand- 
sianding chiselers ■ who "buy"' bi;4 
and cash the bonds in pronto. The 
stories are to be spotted in the na- 
tional mass, paid for at usual rates, 
but the main idea is the buildup for 
buying more war bonds. Sobol has 
yet to hear from Pegler and Hedda 
Hopper, but expects to do so. 

While on his Florida vacation, the 
N. Y. Journal-American columnist 
flnistTed his piece on John Wil-ibei-g 
for the Satevepos; and "Johnny One 
Note" for Cosmopolitan. ' Latter has 
to do with those who write « one- 
hit play, song, book, sports success, 
etc 



SrtAftia 

■yJeeHaasea 

JOth-Fox opened branch office in 
Cape Town with Vack S. Mosselson 
in charge. - 

African theatres staging Daphne 
du Maurier's "Rebecca" at Alnambra 
theatre, Cape Town, with local 
talent. - 

Sentence of 10 years hard labor 
handed out to cleaner who set fire 
to Astoria Cinema as revenge for 
his dismissal. Theatre was gutted. 

A. A. Lowe, general manager of 
United Artists in S. Africa returned 
to Johannesburg after visit to Mid- 
dle East, where he opened new U.A. 
offices in Cairo, Algiers and Pal- 
estine. 

Capt J. H. Stodel, Cape Town 
branch manager for African Con- 
solidated Theatres, promoted to 
local director. Will continue to man- 
age Cape Town office of Schlesinger 
interesta. 

Deputation from . local churches 
protested to mayor of Cape Town at 
growth of Sunday entertainment 
Squawk caused by series of recent 
concerts in aid of Gifts .and Com- 
forts Fund, and may result in com- 
plete ban on Sunday charity shows. 



Navy Progrw 

Csatlspti tma paee_«_; 



and other, talent routed their way 
occasionally by the Army. 

It's known that a high-ranking 
a&niral went out to the Pacific re- 
cently, to receive plenty of gripes 
about lack of entertainment On in- 
vestigation he found there was no 
equivalent of Army Special Services 
to get entertainment for the Navy. 
.New program is believed to be re- 
sult of this trip. It is known that 
Secretary of the Navy Forrestal and 
Admiral Nimitz are in favor of the 
program. 

Naw Setap 

Couple of months ago the Navy set 
up a Naval Liaison Unit at 25 W. 
45th street, New York, in offices of 
Army Special Services, to maintain 
liaison between the Navy and Spe- 
cial Services for two reasons: (a) to 
distribute U SO -Camp Shows enter- 
tainment to. Navy installations, and 
(b) to prepare self-entertainment 
material for naval personnel. Lt. 
Harold Gross, one-time promotional 
head of the Buttexfleld circuit in 
Michigan, is officer in charge. Lt 
<j.g.) E. M. Blood is exec/assistant 
Lt. <j.g.) Tom Ewell, former Broad- 
way legit actor; Lt. (j-g.) Joshua 
Meyers, CGi and two enlisted per- 
sonnel complete the present staff. 

Word, however, is being awaited 
from Washington for an expanded 
program embracing ' a complement 
of about 40 people in New York, 
similar to the Army's setup. Person- 
nel would include show biz figures 
now in the Navy (enlisted men and 
officers), to include writers, actors, 
composers, designers, , etc. Setup 
would work with Army Special Serv- 
ices to avoid duplication, utilizing 
same material where feasible. Com- 
plement would also include groups 
to go out into the field and set up 
self-eutertainment units among gobs 
in all areas. Program embraces a 
wide range — gob shows, small units 
for visiting ships, material for self- 
entertainment by small groups, such 
as .skits, blackouts, quiz shows arid 
hokum melodrama*:- 



HI Pk Up>' Latest 

Hi Phillips' book, "Private Pur- 
key's Private Peace," telling the 
story of the fame that comes to a 
group of GIs who draw up a "CI 
Blueprint for Peace," crash a peace 
conference, get tossed out but be- 
come world celebrities through the 
exploit, will be published by Put- 
nam's in April. The boys wind up 
touring the homefront in a drive to 
keep the Congress and the people 
from backsliding on the peace objec- 
tives. ' . 

Their slogan h "The world cannot 
live half man and half rat!" which 
sums it all up. 

Phillips is the N. Y. Sun column- 
ist 



Peg's Tallahassee Victory 

Controversy over Westbrook Peg- 
ler's column carried in Tallahassee, 
Fla, Democrat led sheet recently to 
have a poll'on its continuance. Bal- 
lots were printed, event was covered 
like a political event, even to 
"electatn" bulletins on final day. Peg 
won out with CS7 pro votes as against 
551 antis, or ~L18i votes cast out of 
sheet's total circulation of 7,000. 

Poll, it's claimed, caused more at- 
tention <and votes) than the local 
elections. 

UnheM N. T. Ttsset Ad Bajeetion 
Holding that the press has a right 
to reject advertising which it thinks 
d iscrimin atory. Justice William H. 
Murray of New York Supreme Court 
Thursday <1) dismissed ah action 
brought by Camp of the Pines, Inc, 
against N. Y. Times for turning down 
a camp ad. 

Times had refused to print words 
"selected clientele" in the camp's ad, 
so dropped it Justice Murray held 
the words to be a "cloak, an Indirect 
means to hide discrimination. . .Such 
words connote in the public mind 
that colored persons, Jews' and 
others need not apply for accom- 
modation." 



N.ven Busch's novel, "They Dream 
ot Home," for distribution in France. 

Viola Brothers Shore teaching a 
class in sliort story writing at the 
People's Educational Centre, Holly- 
wood. 

Do.othy B. Hughes closed a deal 
lo.- u print of three of her novels by 
Nicho..-on &. Watson, British pub- 
lishers. 

Jean Hcrsholt signed to write two 
books of children's stories annually 
for live years lor publication by 
George Macy Companies, Inc. 

First two war correspondents who 
file datc.ined stories from Berlin and 
Tokyo will get a jeep, the Studebaker 
boss told the Overseas Pi-ess Club 
at its fourth annual dinner last week. 

Henry A. Wallace's new book, "60 
Million Jobs," being published 
jointly by Beynnl & Hitchcock and 
Simon It Schust— . R! fit H. and 
S. & S. \. ill joinvly publish the.cloth- 
bound $2 edition, and S. & S. will 
publish the paper-bound SI edition 
simultaneously, following the pub- 
lishing plan used on "One World" 
by Wendell Willkie. 

Roy Rene, m>n.' "jUb" of Tivoli 
vsude circuit in AusiriiUn, is writ- 
ing his memoirs, to be published in 
Max Harris' "Angry Penguins" 
Magazine. Comic is well known to 
English and U. S. headliners who 
played Aussie circuit 

Saturday. Review: of Literature' 
this week publishes a review of Earl 
Wilson's Tin Gazing Into My t-Ball" 
by Abel Green: (".Variety"), which 
the N. Y. Times had requested writ- 
ten originally hut then' decided that 
the "Varietyese" tre a tm ent of the 
Wilson book wis, "too hot" SRL in- 
stead is publishing the review as a 
sample of contemporaneous Ameri- 
cana. 



C"Vtilez-Vm" I 
; dn.lBM* (na saga 1 ——' 



Another WcJIeaiaa Scare? 

The Hearst people .decided that 
one Orson Welles scare in a decade 
was enough so it scrapped a scare- 
head promotional piece which Paul 
MacNamara had cooked up. It was a 
replica of the N. Y. Journal- 
American, datelined March 1, 1970, 
with "World War III, Quit or Die- 
German Ultimatum" as the scarehcad 
headline. A subheadllne was "Giant 
Rocket Attack Razing • New York 
City." It was to be spread around 
the N. Y. City bars, restaurants, sub* 
waysi etc.. the day the March Cosmo- 
politan, containing Paul Gallico's 
story on the ''Rockets in World 
War III," came out. 

MacNamara was bringing a proof 
uptown on the subway, after it had 
been set up at the Journal-American 
plant downtown, and whether by 
accident or design the Hearst pro- 
motion exec opened the- paper so 
people in the car could read it It 
practically started a riot and the 
Cosmo eds seized upon that cue lo 
scrap the whole ballyhoo- Idea. 



CHATTER. 

, Louise La Planche authoring an 
article for Television magazine. 

Robert O'Bvien,, ot San Francisco 
Chronicle, prowling- Hollywood 
studios for column material.. 

Darryl Zanuck wrote ' an article 
titled "Free Speech and the Silver 
Screen" for the Free World mag. 

arox^cl »w(il :s - Itff'r'.'-""- 



in vanlts and dusted them off when : 
the Allies came. in. v 

Among the ' most popular of the 
pictures is "Mr. Deeds Goes to 
Town," retitled The Extravagapt 
Mr. Deeds." Another hitting huge 
grosses Is Charlie Chaplin's reissue 
of "The Gold Rush." They're anxr 
iously awaiting his "Dictator" while 
others now on display include "No 
No Nannette," "Hold Back the 
Dawn," a reissue of "In. Old Chi. 
cago,? "Moontlde," "Sun • Valley 
£?renade," which ' came: up from 
Vichy, and some Laurel eV Hardy ■ 
Alms. . . ■ : 

The Fiench are accepting them as 
the latest American product accord- 
ing to Hershey. forgetting they are 
four, years old. Parisian reaction 
after seeing the pictures is . one ot 
surprise at American fashions. "La 
mode is so terrible." they say. "they 
need us so badly." Reaction will 
change' onee the' newer crop comes 
in. 

GI's in the town get a better break. 
They're led the latest American 
product at their canteens, and while 
there is a plethora of amusements 
for them, Ihey still have time to 
cook up their own entertainments. 
Foremost sis the showing r' "~<\'n 
Zee, Com Zaa," a GI effort by 
troops in French, communications' 
zone. Title is based on abbreviation 
for Communications Zone (Comi Z.). 
It's proving extremely popular with 
soldiers stationed in Paris. 
. American soldiers . will probably 
leave their imprint on the French 
language, said Hershey. The French 
femmes who dance at the GI service 
centers catch on the jive talk quick- 
ly. Terms like "Voulez-vous cut a 
rug" are becoming part of the ' 
French vocabulary. . 
. . However, the old spirit of the city 
is gone. Lack of heat .paucity of 
transportation, curfew and priva- 
tions suffered by the people, give 
those familiar with the Paris of old 
the 'feeling that one of our cities is 
missing, said Hershey. 

Itll lake a long time to get around 
to the old gaiety which made Paris 
the 'cultural and intellectual center 
of the world. But , with' liberation, 
start lias been made. The legit the- 
atre Which, under the Nazi ' occ una- 
tion. survived by presenting escap^t 
drama, which didnH "-pb.se problems 
for the Gestapo censors; Is begin- 
ning again. Such plays' as ''Anti- 
gone," ah old Greek play, rewritten 
for modern .dress, so that political 
aspects are applicable , today, is "ct- 
ting huge audiences. The Chan- 
soniers f political "cabarets) are do- 
ing big business; and political de- 
bates are on- again.' The future *>f 
Paris looVs br'* v ' 



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Jurisdictional Union Scrap Ties Up j BOWLES CUES 



Hollywood But Production Resumes 



Hollywood. MhicIi 13. ♦' 
Studio* today (Tues.l resumed ■. 
dim production, after one duy of 
almost complete stoppage due to h 
Jurisdictional dispute between tie 
Screen Set Designers. Illustiatoi.- & ; 
. Decorators. Local 1421. and Hip In- ' 
ternalion.nl Alliance of The.itricH 1 ■ 
Stage Employees o\cr 72 set de- ; 
signers. Both are AFL i nior.4. 

Producers said cameras were turn- j 
lng on every major lot. again, rie- j 
spite a claim by Hcrbcrt'K. Sorrel!. 1 
pvez of lh» Conference of Studio 
Unions, thai 14,950 workers were out 
on strike. Latter predicted that be- 
[ fore the end of the week nil produc- 
tion would be halted. 

The War Labor Board had given 1 
jurisdiction to the Decorator.-, but 
the studios and the IATSF had ap- 
iContluued on page 1H> 



Enough Pix for 9 Mob. 

Hollywood. M:'rch 13 
V.irioiis Hollywood studios 
have IBM pictures completed but 
no; released. Some are printed, 
others imprinted. Theatres use 
rive new films weekly. Pro- 
ducers estimate there are suffi- 
cient dims to last nine months if 
studios -ihut down for any len.clh 
of lime. 




Web Producers Headed 
oseupsto 




Expect GI Blast 
At Air Comm'ls 



Shuberts Dispossess 
Dowling in N.Y. After 
Chi Snarl on Cuffo fix 

Chicago. March 13. 

A big question here this week is 
whether denial of two cuflfo tickets 
to J. J. Shubert for "Glass Men- 
agerie" at the Civic theatre Is re- 
sponsible for Eddie Dowling losing 
his office space in N. Y. at the SI. 
James theatre building. 

Dowling. starring in and co- 
producer of "Menagerie. " has ic- 
ceived notice from the Shubert oi- 
Ices of termination of his lease (or 
( Continued on pane 50 > 



SEE BELMONT BACK TO 
TURF ACTION BY MAY 

Stated on reliable authority that 
•90 tons of cnrdboard-lype pupcr ; 
were delivered at Belrrioni Park. 1 
L- I., recently, to be used in U«V , 
mutual machines and for progrunyk ' 
Tliat type of paner does not flguir < 
In the newsprint shortage. Insiders ' 
expect racing to get the green liftht 
there during the spring and Mijf' ft 
Is the. date mentioned for the jem\< 
to hear: "They're off." , 

Reported plan ts to hold all/New 
York race meets at Belmont, fe-hich 
has a special train spur whioh/could 
not interfere with commuters >ti ans- 
portatlon. " 



Radio makes the U.S.A. out as a 
"nation of hypochondriacs." A multi- 
milllon-throated howl of rage, laugh- 
ter and disgust will greet radio ad- 
vertising's concern with "the Amer- 
can stomach." when the GI's start 
streaming homeward In droves. 

These were among the rather acid 
assertions made last week, by one of 
New Yorks leading literati. Lewis 
Gannett. The book columnist for 
1 the New York Herald Tribune had 
| just got back to his desk after six 
; months in the European war theatre 
as a war correspondent, followed J).v 
a three-week rest at his Connecticut 
farm. 

"I listened to the radio these three 
weeks." he said, "and found it the 
most disgusting aspect of home- 
front life, as compared with the war- 
fronts. 

"The man at the front lives with 
death with shattered limbs and 
broken heads— broken beyond re- 
pair Sure he sees stomachs — 
'Continued on page 18 1 



Washington. March 13. 
Curfew - groggy show business 
todBy faced the strong possibility 
that OPA ceilings on admission 
prices to places of public amusement 
will be next in line as part of price 
control boss Chester Bowles' cam- 
paign to curb inflationary trends in 
the nation's everyday business trans- 
action.-. 

The suggestion that theatres, 
sports arenus. dancehalls, concert 
auditoriums and opera houses be 
placed in the same olass with tur- 
keys, cigarets and other retail com- 
modities came in a letter Bowles 
wrote to Sen. Robert F. Wagner, of 
N. Y., chairman of the Senate Com- 
mittee on Banking and Currency.- 

Bowles pointed out that the 
amusement group Is either speci- 
fically exempt from price controls 
or Ls not covered by the legal defi- 
nition of a commodity to be so con- 
trolled. He also, stated that film 
house admission expenditures by 
themselves amount to a weight of 
1.7'; in the cost of living index com- 
piled by the Bureau of Labor Statis- 
tics 

"Prices for motion picture admis- 
sions." Bowles told Sen. Wagner, 
have increased to an extraordinary 
degree above pre-war levels. Dur- 
ing the period from June. 1941. to 
December. 1944, the increase 

(Continued on page 18) 



Curfew Eclipses AngeU 



Wall Streeter was to have 
backed a forthcoming . musical, 
show to the extent of $76,000, 
one-half of the production nut; 
in fact, was anxious to be in 
after hearing the score and book. 
, He suddenly declared out, say- 
ing the investment was too 
risky because of the curfew and 
its effect on grosses. 



Early V-E Sustains 




Prospect of an "early V-E day is 
the incentive that is keeping the 
N. Y. and all other key city niteries 
open with the approach of summer. 
Otherwise the currew Is murder. 

The bonifaces aren't kidding them- 
selves. They've taken a financial 
beating since the Byrnes blitz -went 
into effect' and they realize that, as 
the daylight period becomes longer, 
early business . will continue to 
diminish. The Immediate' prospects 
aren't too bright, especially ' since 
they feel that so far the public 'has 
(Continued on page 45) 



Nazi 'Echo' Forced 

Col. Rosenbaum Exit 

Philadelphia. March 13. 

Lt. Col. Samuel R. Rosenbaum. 
former prexy of WFIL and now oflfi- 
cer-in-chargc of Radio Luxembourg 
for the U. S. Army, was recently 
taken ofT the air because the Nazis 
hod found a voice like his and were 
using it on a German radio broad- 
casting on the same beam as the Al- 
lied station. 

Col. Rosenbaum told about this In 



Many owners havje been a letter to his wife, the former Edna 
■hipping horses ,to Belmofit and ' Phillips, harpist with the Phlladel- 
0 »>er„ Long Inland tracks/ many I phia orchestra, 
thoroughbreds being well advanced ' The Nazi station was using a 
in training. > (Continued on page 30) 



Bing's Voice 'Most Heard, 9 
Has Sold 75,000,000 Discs 



Civilian, radio program producer* 
will go overseas shortly to view "the 
ramifications of the war oh Itinerated 
peoples .and areas . and move right 
up to the' Battle*zon'es,: so that', when 
tlifey handle stanzas 'dealing with the 
problems and habits pt these people 
in the future, i they'll Know what it In 
all about. ; '. ' 

This unprecedented move, which 
will be undertaken by. several top- 
flight CBS arid NBC producers In thn 
near future, further 'Voiutg.' up the), 
importance government officials tir'e . 
placing on the broadcasting-medium 
for bruiglng greater understanding 
of the world-wide, postwar situation 
to the American' people. The "War"' 
.Dept.. it's learned reliably has sanc- 
tioned the entire setup and already 
lias given approval to CBS topper*. 

.. (Continued on' page 16) ';. , 

Offer Vs. Jiergens tibntfies 
On % Interference' 

Walter Wirichen's' . Ave - year,: 
$5,o6o-a-weefc conu-aefci; ,with Jer- 
gens expireB this year-end and: he 
al ready has one offer of $10,000 from 
Martin Strauss, prez of Eversharp. 
Jergens meantime has offered to' re- 
new its newscaster with an 'tipped 
figure of $7,500 a-" week for his 19- 
mimito .'radio stlrt'^bn. ?th* Blue Sun- 
day night. • ■ •"'•" ''* 
' But ^Wihchell states he ''wants no 
contract of any nature which . csJl't ' 
be mutually cancelled bri Ave min- 
(Continued on page 48) '■ 



By ABt'L GREEN 

"The voice of Bing Crosby prob- 
ably has been heard by more people 
than the voice of any other human 
being who ever lived." reads Decca's 
current ad campaign on Der Single. 
It should say positively. That goes 
not only for voice but sound if you 
hark back to such aggregate sellers 
like Caruso and Paul Whiteman over 
a long period of years. 

An appraisal o; Ciosby's disk ca- 
reer, with Decca since 1934, and 
sporadically with the Rhythrrj Boys 
when they were under contract to 
Whiteman (Victor) prior to that, 
shows that the crooner has prob- 
ably 75.000,000 records to his total 
sales credit. In the decade he has 
been waxing for Decca, the Groaner 
has made 250 masters (500 sides), 
which Is an average of 50 sides per 
annum, or one full platter every 
fortnight for 10 years. 



In 1943 he signed a hew straight 
seven-year pact with Decca, which 
figured in the trade tojieve an ulti- 
mate value of almost $2,000,000 to 
Crosby. Paradoxically, he earned 
from his Decca royalties Jn' 1942 i a' 
total of $310,000 in a year when the 
Pelrillo ban was on all recording.. 
This indicates to the Decca moguls 
how standard are his works for all 
time, whether he continues in the 
limelight or retires. 
-. ■' . ... ier sales ■ alone, .do, 
not make CrW^' ' .•.♦£•», "most heard 
human voice"; It'jf'-i^/.^tJjf. ;.C-V>:.''^' 
Easily a program ■of'ciy.'-^i.f. v : 
ings comprises a majority wv. ' 
80,000 hours of oanned music whicn 
spouts over the U. S, airwaves, ac- 
cording to American Federation of 
Musician statistics. (That 80,000 
hours may be oonstrued as pretty 
Mgh by some who multiply the 700 
(Continued on page 48) 



ENGLAND REFUSES VISA 
FOR CHEVALIER'S DATE 



. - , London, March 13. 

• Visa to enter England for a series 
of shows; at $4,000 weekly -salary// ^ was ' 
refused Maurice Chevalier yesterday 
(12), according to British Home Of--, 
flee. French star had been signed by 
Jack HyWon to "open: at Victoria Pal- 
ace in mid-Aprils the first foreign 
vaitdeville Importation since the war,- 
The Home OfAce sold base wasn't 
.closed. flpdj.ihat there .nilght berf ur-> 
i v-r deVelbpih^ts. Chevalfer. who* 

•. .'■ t J France during; Nazi occupar 
tibii, .watf . s.;. irted recently cleared of 
any collaborationist taint However, 
comment among British Press Asso-' 
ciatlon vas. that 'Visas wMtf .grstnteil .' 
6nly_ to pebplt/aidlng the Brttisli war 
effort, and: Chevalier rtjhp' ruled "out 
as not bomSng under «iat category. 



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MISCELLANY 




W«fec«by^ March- 14, 1945 



'(fling My Way M ay Be Cue For 
Direction Academy Oscars Take, 
'Wilson' Also Heavy Vote-Getter 



Hollywood, March 13. -f 
The element of surprise will be 
lacking at Thursday night's (15) an- 
nual crowning of Hollywood's best of 
the past year unless the dope chart iy 
scrambled all over Grauman's Chi- 
nese theatre, where the cinema's fes- 
tive occasion, the Academy Awards, 
will be held. The industry's choice 
for many of the top honor* is Par- 
amount's "Going My . Way," with 
SOth-Fox's "Wilson" due to haul in a 
few Oscars for the Westwood plant. 

It will mark one of the event's big- 
Rest upsets if "Going My Way' isn't 
acclaimed the best picture of 1944. 
Leo McCarey's direction of the pic- 
ture is expected to win him the nod, 
and Bing Crosby and Barry Fitz- 
gerald may split up the best actor 
and best supporting actor votes. If 
the Crosby and Fitzgerald supporters 
split up the .vote, Alexander Knox 
may sneak in for top acting honors 
for his'title role in "Wilson." Such 
a contingency would practically 
eliminate Crosby, leaving Fitzgerald 
for either the top, acting honors or 
best supporting player. Another 
strong contender for the supporting 
vote is Claude Rains for his. role in 
Warners' "Mr. Skeffington." Ingrid 



Academy Awards presenta- 
tion, scheduled for Thursday 
(15) night at the Chinese the- 
atre, will still go on despite 
strike, spokesman for the Acad- 
emy stated. Despite fact spirits 
have been dampened by walk- 
out, Academy, which represents 
many of guilds and unions In- 
volved, will go ahead as planned 
with ceremonies, because It Is 
tell that the Oscar Derby has no 
real connection with difficulties 
currently Involving studios. 



Bergman's performance in Metro's 
"Gaslight" has been widely acclaimed 
by the -critics, so it wouldn't be sur- 
prising if she broke the tape ahead 
of her field. Agnes Moorehead is ex- 
pected to win an Oscar for her per- 
formance in Metro's "Mrs.- Parking- 
ton," nosing out Ethel Barrymore in 
"None But. the Lonely Heart" as Ihe 
best supporting actress. 
"Going. My Way" has strong sup- 



O JL Samuel Dies at 60 
In N.O.; Correspondent 
-lor 'Variety' Since 1905 

"Variety" lost another vet mugg 
in O. M. (Monte) Samuel. 60, who 
died Sunday night (11) of a heart 
attack in the Hotel Roosevelt, New 
Orleans, where he was dining with 
his wife. Helene, well known Louis- 
iana artist. . A "Variety" correspond- 
ent in New Orleans since its first 
issue in 1905, O. M. (later, affec- 
tionately, Old Man) Samuel was 
known to almost everybody in show 
business for a third of a century. 
Another recent "Variety" loss was 
the passing of Hal Halperin, its 
long-time Chicago manager. 

A familiar figure in the world's 
capitals, Samuel and his wife trav- 
eled with the seasons; A wealthy 
housewrecker in N. O., the "hoine- 
wreoker" was a running gag among 
the "Variety" muggs from coast to 
coast, and also throughout- the pro- 
fession. 

In the heyday of vaudeville and 
road attractions, every, headliner and 
hit show. went to N, O., and Monte 
Samuel was their Host at the: eateries 
for which New Orleans is famed. 
For three months every summer the 
Samuels would come to Broadway 
for the new summer musicals, and 
those hits he missed, plus some big 
league baseball. He was an ardent 
sportsman, for the sport's sake, and 
illustrative of this was his "chalk- 
playing" of the horses. That is, he 
followed the form in picking the 
winners, and then only bet a couple 
of dollars for place and show. In 
other words. Samuel made his coin 
the harder but surer way. 

Sur-le-Cnff 
Samuel never got paid for his 
journalistic services. As a "string" 
correspondent he refused to submit 
his space total. His running gag 
with Sime, the founder-publisher of 
"Variety," was, "I'll let it run up to 
such a large total that I'll just come 
in and take the entire paper 6ver." 
"Sam" (-as Sime called Samuel) 
never went on the cuff for anything, 
and it was a struggle even with so 



port for the best original motion pic 
ture story, with Metro's "Guy Nanr>i ; renowned a checkgrabber as "Va 
Joe" in contention all the way. For 1 riety's" Old Boy for Samuel, not to 



the bast screenplay "Going My Way" 
may win the coveted statuettes for 
Frank Butler and Frank Cavette. 
Lamar Trotti's original screenplay 
for "Wilson" should cop a bauble. 
* "Wilson," That's All 
Art direction honors may be 
heaped on Mark Lee Kirk for "Since 
You Went Away" in the black and 
white division, and Wiard Ihnen for 
"Wilson" in the color class. Cinema- 
tography nod may go to George Fol- 
sey for "White Cliffs of Dover" or 
Stanley Cbrlez-Lee Garmes for 
"Since You Went Away" in black and 
white, and Leon Shamroy, "Wilson," 
or Edward Cronjager, "Home in In- 
■ diana," in the color bracket. 

Columbia's "Cover Girl" has the 
edge in sound recording, and 20th- 
Fox's Barbara McLean may' top the 
vole for her film editing of "Wilson;" 
Metro's "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" 
looms as the special effects winner. 

Pete Smith's "Movie Pests" looks 
like a sure winner as the best one- 
reeler, and Gordon Hollinghead's "I 
Wont Play" (Warners) should lop 
the ballot in the two-reel , class. 
Metro's "Mouse. Trouble" and War- 
ners' "Swooner Crooner" will fight it 
out as the best cartoon. 

Columbia's "Coyer Girl" has the 
field to itself as the best scored mu- 
sical, the work of Morris *W. Stolon* 
and Carmen Dragon. Best scoring of 
dramatics and comedies Is a three- 
cornered affair, the contestants being 
Alfred Newman for "Wilson"; Her- 
bert Stothart for Metro's "Kismet." 
and Max. Steiner . for VanguaVd's 
"Since You Went Away." ■.'"■■■ 
Three-Cornered Song Setto 



pay off, even on his N. Y. trips. The 
only time Sime got even was when 
he shipped a Capehart with a bale 
of records to the Samuels' N. O. 
home. Monte next summer took his 
tourism trade to London and Paris, 
where he was a frequent visitor. 

In the Silver Anniversary edition 
of this paper, On Dec. 31, 1930, Sime 
wrote the following story about 
Samuel, illustrating it with a sample 
of the N. O. housewrecking mugg's 
brand of humor. This was as notori- 
ous as Joe Miller in show business, 
for Monte's puns and wheezes were 
in sharp contrast to his otherwise 
expert business acumen. Here is 
the 1930 piece: 

(From "Variety,'' Dec, 31, 1930) 
. This mugg, Samuel, has cor- 

t responded 25 years for- "Variety" 
for nothing. Twice he has re- 
signed in that period; thrice he 
went on strike, but neither when 
-he got balky nor peevish was any 
attention paid to him. Each time 
he came back; No more notice 
was taken of his return as the 
New. Orleans correspondent than 

, when he quit. 

It's, only about a month ago 
Mister Samuel was advised' by 

. "Variety", that if ne didn't stop 
fooling around Down South and. 
do a little work for this paper, he 
. \vould : be fired. He answered 
characteristically by wiring in a 
gag— collect. 

The Payoff 

That's how Mister Samuel has been 
paid off for his "Variety" correspond- 
ence; he has had his gagging printed. 



143rd WEEK! 

KEN MURRAY'S 

"BLACKOUTS OF 1945" 
El Capitan Theafro, Hollywood, Cal, 

"S.ivc me a. seat. I'm coming 
back again." ' 

BETTY GRABLE. 



3 SHARE IN $563;305 
ESTATE LEFT BY BECK 

The late Martin Beck, veteran 
showman and builder of the Palace 
theatre in New York, once the goal 
of all variety actors, left a gross es- 
tate of $563,305 and a net of $487,865 
according to' findings of the New 
York State Transfer Tax Depart- 
ment. 

Among his holdings were slock of 
the Martin Beck Theatre Corp.i 
$130,187; Palace "Theatre and Realty 
Co., $87,000; Orpheum Theatre and 
Realty Co.,.- $60,750, and United 
States Theatres Co., $19,200. 
The estate goes to Mrs. Helen B. 
Ladin, a daughter, Hollywood, one- 
third: Miss Patricia Ransohoff, niece, 
one-third, and the widow, Mrs. 
Louise Beck, one-third, the residu- 
ary, plus personal property. 
Beck died Nov. 16, 1940, at 71. 



Bette's $241,083 Heads 
WB's Money Hit Parade 

Philadelphia, March 13. 
Securities & Exchange Commis 
sion revealed today that Bette Davis 
was the highest paid Warner JBros. 
employee last year, receiving, $241,- 
083 for the liscalyear ending Aug 
31,1944. 

Other salaries reported: Barbara 
Stanwyck, $223,333;. Rosalind Rus 
sell, $202,500. arid James Cagney, 
$183,652. Latter was described as 
"a former employee, and participant 
in gross receipts of certain other pic- 
lures." Corporations, are required to 
list the salaries of only its three 
highest paid employees. 



Paris Stage Canteen 
Has Sensational Debut 

Preview of Paris Stage Door Can- 
teen Friday night (9) drew- surpris- 
ing total of $10,000 receipts/accord- 
ing to cable from Lt. Col. Warren P. 
Munsell received in New York yes- 
terday (Tues.). Formal Saturday 
(10) opening was also gala, Munsell 
said, with French society aiding. 
Marlene Dietrich, he added, kissed a 
serviceman from every Allied nation. 

There's distinctly a film in the 
Paris canteen, Munsell concluded, 
the Champs Ely sees spot being so 
colorful . 



Sol Lesser is' currently produc- 
ing "Paris Canteen." 



^ r , th ^ n< *' and . to close * b * erv "{ Samuel -gag of poetry in "Variety," 
Jonnny yoll near a groan f rom coast ; to coast 



era it looks like a tossup 
Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen are 
■taking their all on "Swinging On a 



How Sam got c*n the paper no one 
remembers. How he stayed on no 



Star" ("Going My Way"), Julie Styne. one can explain . For ye ars New 

Zr ?"in -ni w a "iJ h A V ,L a o^,T da! " e i 0rleans "nked with Syracuse and 
i. y »i ii + W » u? 6 ( y nivel '- 1 St. Paul as a show town. That must 

aal's "Follow^the i Boys' ), and Ralph have been it.. No one knew he was 
, .Blaine and Hugh Martin will have on. His reward as "Variety's" scrib- 
-•plenty of support for "The Trolley, bier was. in meeting managers and 
L~C. .<C3Qntiaued on. page 18) J (Continued on page 48)- 



Keenan Wynn's Bad Spill 

Hollywood, March 13. 
Keenan Wynn was taken to Holly- 
wood hospital late Sunday. (11) night 
following collision between his mo- 
torcycle and automobile. 

Actor, 'and' son of comedian Ed 
Wynn, suffered, a fractured jaw, lac- 
erations and serious back Injury, but 
pronounced but of danger by his 
physician. 

Ed Wynn arrived here and rushed 
to his son's bedside. Young Wynn 
reported better; today. - Suit filed on 
his behalf in superior court for $80,- 
000 against woman who was driving 
car with which he collided Sunday, 
Charges are that the woman, Mrs. 
Verner B. Maloney, was "negligent 
and careless" in operation of her 
car. Injuries to Wynn claimed to be 
('permanent" in suit filed. 



♦ M»»M<M» I MMMi»n«»MM»mH I MMtiMMMI» 

I SCULLY'S SCRAPBOOK \ 



»♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ By F- ank Scully ♦♦♦♦♦»♦♦♦*♦♦♦♦♦* 

Credit Canyon, Cal., March 10. 
There are rags in the trade running on a fixed policy of never mention- - 
Ing writers in connection with picture productions, oblivious of the fact 
that without writers all you'd have would be a flock of -footage with its 
mouth open. 

To offset this sinister finger exercise, Metro goes overboard in the op- 
posite direction and credits Dvorak,' Greig,. Chopin, Tchaikowsky, Handel,' 
Herbert, Liszt, Jackson, Durante, Debussy,; Caesar,. Stoll and Donaldson 
among the "writer*" who contributed to "Music for Millions," but consid- 
erably limits credit for the original screen play to Myles Connelly. A frail 
and lovely thing, full of believable little twists' and surprises', the story of 
Music For Millions" is a "Journey for Margaret" "with musical footnotes" 
by the immortals. . ,. 

I thought at first the script- writer was a misprint for Marc Connelly, but 
this is the one around whom was built the advertising slogan, "I'd walk 
Myles. for a Connelly." Of course, others may find reasons for throwing 
credits to the cast and the' producers, but as the Good Book says, "In (he 
beginning was the word," and In this case the word was Connelly's. 
A Tear Flows In Brooklyn 
What writers can say being now established; a posthumous citation 
should go to the late Tess Slesinger for what she and Frank Davis left but 
of Fox's version of Betty Smith's "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn." What 
these writers didn't say saves this one from an earthbound thumb of dis r 
approval from powerful quarters. They stopped the picture with Francie 
Nolan's childhood graduation and considering the baudy advice her mother 
gives Francte later, when she meets love on the corner, that was a smart 
place to stop. . ,' ' 

Additionally, the writers deserve praise for writing one of the best love 
scenes in pictures — the proposal of . Lloyd Nolan, a* Officer McShain, to 
Dorothy McGuire as. the widow of Johnny Nolan. Not a hand touches a 
hand, nor a lip a Hp. D. W. Griffith had a similar sequence in "Orphans 
of the Storm." 

Flooded perhaps to the point where it could be retitled "A Tear Grows 
in Brooklyn Into a' Deluge," the saddest scene Is not part of the script, at 
all. It is Jimmy. Dunn making a comeback stooging for Peggy Ann 
Garner. Some 10 years ago he did exactly the same thing for Shirley 
Temple, another child, in "Baby Take a Bow/' Here's hoping this one 
doesn't black bim out. for another 10 years. If it does I know just the 
.legislator, an actor, who will gladly introduce a bill for the liquidation of 
all child prodigies from pictures. 



(Reprinted from Chicago Sun, March 7, 1945) 

Sorrow Shrouds Chicago's Rialto 
Over Passing of Hal Halperin 



Red Facet 

Ever since, that erroneous 
Winohell item about Jack 
Pulaski (Ibee) taking charge of 
"Variety's" Chicago office, both 
Iuee, in New York,, and Bill 
Hunt, who is in charge of "Va- 
riety" in Chi,, have been' em- 
barrassed. Since Hal's illness 
the past couple of years, Hunt 
has had charge of the Chi of- 
fice, and stays that way. 
. And you can't blast Pulaski 
out of Broadway. 



Chi Civic Leaders Among 
Large Throng Who Paid 
Homage to Hal Halperin 

By JACK PULASKI 

The greats and near-gieaiy of Chi- 
cago's show biz turned out Thursday 
(8) to attend the last rites" for Hal 
Halperin. who for many years 
headed the Chicago branch of "Va- 
riety." Halperin, one of the. most 
colorful newspapermen of the. mid- 
west, with an acquaintanceship that 
included many stars, producers and 
others associated with the amuse- 
ment industry, died of a heart ail- 
ment March 4 in Miami after a long 
illness. 

That Hal's long list of friends was 
not confined to just the theatrical in- 
dustry was indicated in the presence 
at the chapel of Chicago's Mavor 
Edward Kelly. Hal had frequently 
. (Continued on page 48) 



ROY ROGERS, 33, FACES 
HIS DRAFT BOARD SAT. 

. Hollywood, March. 13. 

Reason for Herbert Yates r return 
to the Coast after only three weeks 
in New York is that Roy Rogers, is 
faced with the draft. Top star at the 
Valley studio goes up before draft 
board medicos Saturday (17) and a 
1-A rating would leave studio, with- 
out one singing horseman. Star, 
rated as the top boxofftce draw at 
the studio, is 33. 

Should Rogers be inducted, under- 
stood Yates has plans to co-star Trig- 
ger, the cowpoke's horse, with- Dale 
Evans, who has appeared opposite 
Rogers for almost two years. Wild 
BUI Elliott and Sunset Carson, 
other pair of Republic riders, 
don't sing. Elliott was moved fftto 
straight ^dramatic roles way from 
sagebrush thrillers by Yates, who 
considers him dramatic actor worthy 
of high-budgetcra. 



By W. A. 8. Douglar 

MONDAY was quiet' on Chica- 
go's Rialto, that strip of Ran- 
dolph street, from Dearborn to 
Clark, where the musicians and the 
"acts" and the singers gather 
about every morning to gab over 
their work whether they're work- 
ing or not. There was a monkey 
wrench in the works over the 
midnight closings, all of which 
should have made the Rialto noisier 
than ever and more difficult of pas- 
sage than ever for somebody not in 
the entertainment business. 

But it was the quietest Monday 
this reporter has seen on the Rialto 
since show business boomed again, 
■they talked in whispers, which is 
very hard for show folks to do 
when — God love them for nice peo- 
ple— they are talking, as always, 
about themselves. They were quiet 
and whisperliko because they had 
dropped the usual subject to speak 
of an oid friend who had gone away 
for always and who would, always, 
be missed by show folks just as his . 
beloved chief back in New York, 
has been missed these dozen yeais 
that have passed since he too went 
away. 

♦ • * 
On* of SimVs Beys 

FOR Hal Halperin, Chicago edi- 
tor of "Variety," the show folks* 
Bible, had gone off Sunday to 
join Sime Silverman in one of the 
ringside seats that Sime holds in 
show folks' Valhalla for that little 
bunch of newspaper boys who threw 
in with him and stuck with him 
when he flTst began, to struggle 
with his idea of a show folks' 
newspaper. 

Hal Halperin was to Chicago's 
.Rialto what Sime Silverman was 10 
fcle,w York's Broadway after Sime. 
had made "Variety'-' into . a great, 
prosperous, honest weekly, fighting 
always for the performer. I used lb 
loVc to walk beside Sime in his daily 
strill among the show folks. We 
wotild lunch at' Billy LaHjff's . on 
48th street and then take our time 
dowh. to "Variety's" office on 46lh 
street; Sime would stop for every- 
body--great stars and little stars and 
folks '-A'ho would never be stars but 
were,; proudly, of "the profession," 
folks yith money and folks . with 
none, tteautiful girls in furs and 
girls wno had been beautiful and 
who hat; had furs but who how had 
no fur* -but, such, is the eternal 
optimism of show folks, hoped again 
to havej ; furs. Successes or failures, 
they weV rill the same to Sime— his 
beloved people. There were, al- 
ways, bilfe- in his pocket, folded up 
(Continued on page 49) " 



Wednesday, M«roh 14, 1948 



PICTURES 



D.O.S.-GOLDWYN'S OWN DISTRIB? 



Rank Seeking U. S. Distribution- 
For 15 Pix Away From United Artists 



J. Arthur Rank reps In the U. S.< 
have opened negotiations for the use 
of physical distribution facilities 
away from United Artists ostensibly 
for some 15 British pictures (an ac- 
cumulation oyer a two-year period) 
which .have not been accepted for 
major release in America. Since UA 
may not release all of the seven top 
. Bank films during the period of the 
current deal (understood it's a one- 
year pact) because of Technicolor 
and raw film shortages,. some of the 
costly Rank output may also be 
jeleased independently if distribu- 
tion offices arid personnel are se- 
cured by Eagle-Lion. 

From accounts, Rank's ■ U. S: 
subsid has approached Monogram. 
Republic and Film Glassies with a 
view to securing a distribution setup 
for product not being released 
through any major distrib. No deal 
was consummated, however. More 
recently, there has been talk of a 
deal with Ross Federal which main- 
tains film checking offices in key 
centers. 

Meantime, however, E. L. Alper-. 
son, 20th-Fox indie producer who 
has a majority interest — in — Film 
Classics, has been reported discuss- 
ing a deal with Ross Federal 
whereby FC would be consolidated 
. with the Ross unit. 

Arthur W. Kelly, Eagle-Lion 
prexy. meantime set distribution for 
one of the Rank pictures titled "On 
Approval" starring Beatrice Lillie; 
with Nat Sanders (English Films). 

UA, also, has taken an eighth 
Rank film titled "20,000 Women," 
to release -pending availability of 
raw stock. Unlikely thai suffl- 
. cient Technicolor will be available 
for the release of four more Rank 
tinters, however, during the current 
year. One of these, "Colonel Blimp," 
has been printed up in color. 

Technicolor requires about 25% 
more raw stock than black and 
white. 



Cagney 



Sam Goldwyn Back 

Samuel Goldwyn returned to 
N. Y. over the past weekend 
from his mission overseas for the 
Federal Economic Administra- 
tion. 

Goldwyn was unable to talk, 
however, until he got an okay 
from the FEA. He has submit- 
ted his report to the government 
In the meantime. 



Schaefer Board 
Chairmans Cowan 



Confirming previous "Variety" re- 
ports. George J. Schaefer yesterday 
(Tues.) announced that he had 
closed deal with Lester Cowan Pro- 
ductions. . He will .serve as chairman 
of the board, in charge of worldwide 
sales operations for the company. 

Under the terms ot the deal Schae- 
fer acquires an interest in the two 
films already produced by Cowan— 
"Tomorrow the World"~and "G. I. 
Joe." both set for United Artists re- 
lease. Understood that it's, a profit- 
participation deal based on the gross 
of these two pictures. 

Schaeferls post as board chairman 
indicates a long-term rather than, a 
two-picture deal. Reported also, 
that David Loew has coin In Cowan 
Productions. 

Schaefer, former: RKO Corp. 
prexy, previously also held top sales 
posts with United Artists and Para- 
mount.- He is slated to leave N. Y. 
for the Coast next Friday (1C). al- 
though trip may be postponed as a 
result of War Production Board con- 
fabs in Washington on the raw film 
situation. Schaefer was scheduled to 
leave N. Y. for Washington yester 
day (Tues.). 



s Frisco Preein 
During Sessions Of 
World Security Conf. 

Sun Francisco, March 13 
"Blood on The Sun," starring 
James Cagney, will have its pre- 
miere at the United Artists here April 
25. This will be on opening day of 
Worlcl Security Conference and pro- 
ceeds of opening, performance 'will 
go to San Francisco Press Club, 
which is sponsoring the perform- 
ance. Press Club officers figure on 
having a Tiffany audience at show- 
ing, feeling that all of notables rep- 
resenting 44 nations at the Confer- 
ence will be . desirous of seeing the 
film which has a Japanese back- 
. ground for its plot. Bill Cagney, 
producer of film, plans bringing up 
etellar members of cast for perform- 
ance, with James Cagney and Sylvia 
Sidney, guests of honor for' event. 
Charles Daggett and George Glass 
made deal with Press Club directors. 



YETLUGUN HEADS M-G 
STORY EXPERT PANEL 

Hollywood, March 13. 

Metro appointed Voldemar Vet- 
luguin, former Red Book mag edi- 
tor, chairman of its editorial board. 
Appointment will not affect the 
status of William Fadiman, who con- 
tinues as head of the scenario de- 
partment. 

In addition to Velluguin and Fadi- 
man. the board consists of Nat WolfT. 
Frances Marion, Harriet Frank 'and 
Adela Rogers St. John. 



Belter Trail Rlvetlnf 

Hollywood, March 13. 

Reportedly the - highest price a 
film company ever paid for a novel, 
William Cagney Productions an 
nounced purchase of "Lion in The 
Street" for $250,000. 

Adria Locke Langley, riveter in a 
Santa Monica defense plant, wrote 
the book as her first effort. Jimmy. 
Cagney will star In film scheduled 
for July. 



Reg Armour Back 

Reginald Armour, rep of the Mo 
«on Picture Bureau of the Overseas 
Branch of the Office of War Infor- 
mation, has arrived in N. Y„ follow- 
ing assignments In England, France, 
North Africa and Italy. 

He's here for confabs with OWI 
officials and Is scheduled to return 
overseas shortly. 



MacLeish's HVood Stop 

Hollywood', March 13. 
Archibald MacLeish is expected to 
stop here to speak with film work- 
ers before continuing on to San 
Fancisco for the United Nations 
huddle. 

The assistant secretary of stale: in 
a letter to the Council of Holly- 
wood Guilds & Unions, staled he 
hoped to arrange the trip. 



FIRST OF NEW 





First of a series of new distribu- 
tion organizations by independent 
producers Is in the planning stages. 
While lacking confirmation, reports 
both in the U. S. arid in ■ England 
persist that David O. Selznick has 
been discussing formation of a new 
releasing outlet with Samuel Gold- 
wyn. This may later embrace such 
independent producers as Lester 
Cowan. 

Apparently in the early stages, 
since all three producers have re- 
leasing commitments , for current 
product, new distribution setup, if 
consurnmated, would contain top 
manpower from the selling field. 
Selznick has Neil Agnew, Cowan this 
past week finalized deal with George 
J. Schaefer while Goldwyn has Wil- 
liam J. Helneman, formerly with 
Universal. . 

New organization, if finalized, 
would take . two producers out of 
the United Artists fold .and one from 
RKO, leaving a wide' gap in the 
production division of both com- 
panies. 

Selznick's "Since You Went 
Away," as an instance, has already 
grossed $3,800,000 in some 3,300 
situations, indicating a $5,000,000 to 
$6,000,000 domestic gross, possibly 
$9,000,000 worldwide.- "I'll Be See- 
ing You" is already shaping up as 
another unusual grosser for Selz- 
nick-UA. Thus the Selznick unit, 
with four to six pictures annually 
planned, would represent a $15,000,- 
000 to $20,000,000 potential annual 
gross. Combined with Goldwyn and 
Cowan, there's a $30,000,000 to $40,- 
000,000. annual distribution figure 
ahead depending on number and 
quality of pictures produced. 

Much, .of course, will depend on 
the raw film situation. If estab- 
lished independent producers are 
allocated sufficient raw stock more 
distribution companies will likely 
be formed. 

But while the War Production 
Board has recognized independent 
producers for raw film allocation 
purposes there is no word,- as yet, 
to what extent the WPB can provide 
for requirements; 

Selznick, meantime, is completing 
his five-picture commitments for 
United Artists with "I'll Be Seeing 
You," "Spellbound," "Duel in the 
Sun" and "Notorious" following 
"Since You Went Away." From ac- 
counts, delivery of these negatives 
would give Selznick right to exer- 
cise option on his UA stock. If he 
delivers five more pictures he ac- 
quires ownership of the stock. 



WB's 'Have Not' Has It 
A - Plenty; Sets New 
RKO (N Y.) B.O.-430G 

"To Have and Have .Not" (WB) 
hit a new ■ record gross over the 
RKO circuit in the N. Y. metropoli- 
tan area. 

; AH RKO houses in ^th'is sector. 
| running the film a full week, single 
bill, grossed in the neighborhood of 
$430,000. Picture played N. 'Y. and 
suburban houses (except Brooklyn) 
week ' of Feb. 15. following into 
Brooklyn week of Feb. 22. 
Humphrey ■ Bogart-Lauren Bacall 



McCarthy in Studio Post 

Hollywood. March 13. 
Leo McCarthy, former sales man- 
ager for PRC, arrived from New 
York and checked into the studio to 

take over his new post as associate j combo is regarded by theatre opeva 



Sharp Cut in Pix Production May 
Hit Some Indies Under New Film 
location Plan Mulled by WPB 



Color's Switch 

As result of the raw film 
squeeze, the tight Technicolor 
situation has gone into reverse. 

Reported that Technicolor, 
now in a' position to fill orders., 
is getting cancellations in from 
distributors who are not in a 
position to provide the raw stock 
from their current allocations. 

Dislribs are unwilling to over- 
draw allotments against future- 
deliveries, staying strictly with- 
in strict War Production Board 
regulations and backing up re- 
leases, instead: 



Louis 6: Mayer s 
Additional 5 Yrs. 



Louis B. Mayer is expected in N.Y. 
within the next two weeks to discuss 
■extension of his recently amended 
contract with Metro. This current 
pact, from accounts', terminates in 
1947. Reported that proposed deal 
with Mayor is for an additional five 
years. 

Mayer's previous contract with 
Metro was recently reported amend- 
ed when salary ceiling of $500,000 
annually and elimination of percent- 
age was agreed to by Mayer in order 
to secure U. S. Treasury approval of 
the Loew's. Inc., pension plan. Pur- 
pose of the huddles with Mayer now 
is to extend his amended , pact to 
1952. 

Other Locw execs such as Nick 
Schenck, J. Robert Rubin,. Eddie 
Mannix, et al.. recently set new deals 
with a $200,000 yearly salary ceiling 
in line with retirement fund pro- 
visions. 

Loew's, Inc., stockholders are 
scheduled to. meet March 20 to vote 
on new contracts tor Schenck, Rubin, 
Marinix, Al Lichtman and Ben Thau. 



Future importance of independent 
film production will be determined 
largely by the outcome of raw film 
discussions to be held in Washing- 
ton next Friday (16). Two impor- 
tant problems still remain to be set- 
tled when film industry leaders meet 
with War Production Board repre- 
sentatives in Washington, namely, 
how much raw stock is to be allotted 
each of the many independent pro- 
ducers, .and where is this raw film 
coming' from. . 

Based on current output such a 
group of independents as David O. 
Selznick. Samuel Goldwyn and In- 
ternational alone would require 50,- 
000,000 to 60.000,000 feet annually. 

Assuming that, from 125.000.000 to 
150.000,000 feet a year would be re- 
quired for independent allocations, 
this would represent a further re- 
duction of from 8-12% in. the footage 
available for major distributors. 
J If. as reported, 1941 is to be the 
I base year to compute volume of foot- 
age to be allowed iridepe-lerits di- 
rectly by WPB allocation, then an- 
other basis would presumably have 
to be used in deciding on allocations 
for independents such as Interna- 
tional, which did not operate in 1941. 
Also, if the 1941 base is used, pro- 
duction by an independent such as 
Selznick would be limited to perhaps 
brie picture annually. Major ■ dis- 
tribs say that if they are obliged to 
curtail production and releases then 
indies should not be in position to 
increase output at this time. 

British producers, such as those 
represented by J. Art hur Rank , 
'woufcT^uTomaTiclTfrP'flP-^ 
possibly one or two features annual 
(Continued on page 16) 



ERIC JOHNSTON'S MPPD A 
PACT MAY BE SET 26TH 

Pact with Eric Johnston, president 
of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, 
whereby he would become . active* 
head of the Motion Picture Produc- 
ers & Distributors Assn., may be 
announced at the annual meeting of 
MPPDA scheduled for March 26, 
Johnston admitted several weeks 
ago that he had been approached 
for some top spot in the MPPDA, 
but would say nothing further ex- 
cepting that his present contract 
with the C. of C. does not expire 
until next April. 

Contract with Will H. Hays, presi- 
dent of MPPDA, has another year 
to run, although the formality of 
renewing in the top spot comes up! 
at the meeting. Current indications 
arc thai Hays will possibly become 
chairman of the MPPDA directorate 
and adviser to the incoming prcsi- j 
dent. Hays has indicated on several ; 
occasions in the past that he would j 
prefer a less active position, but | 
would not retire until he felt sure| 
the association toppers believed the; 



COL. BILL KEIGHLEY 
MULLING FILM BIDS 

Hollywood, March' 13. 
After three years in uniform, Col. 
William J. Keighley is now around 
in civilian clothes for the first time. 
He. has. begun analyzing offers from 
major studios to produce and direct 
films. 

: Also discussing possibility of pro- 
ducing independently on his own for 
a major outfit, whereby he would 
participate in profits of his pictures. 



producer. 

New producer will work under su- j 
pervisibn of Leon Fromkess. His 1 
first piclure has not been announced. 



tors as one of the most potent on the 
screen, particularly for the N. Y. 
area. 



Dear Mr. Byrnes 

Show business is taking the curfew. in true trouper fashion. 

No squawks, If It's going to help win the war. Gripes, yes. but 
griping is a good old American custom. 

But one squawk- Is due everybody, in and out of show biz. 
Why not come out with it, Mr. Byrnes, and give the American 
public the real lowdown on the whyfore of the midnight closing? 
It's certainly not only to conserve fuel. 

Probably the real reasons back of it all are more valid. 
Everybody has an idea they are, and also what they are. Why 
not do it in a forthright American manner? The fuel con- 
servation is needless doubletalk. Abel. 



MPPDA leadership was adequate. 

Johnslon, when signatured, would 
split his time between Washington 
and N. Y., with the Washington 
office materially strengthened. It's 
been felt in the Irade for some time 
that the setup in the national cap- 
ital was not too strong particularly 
in public relations contact in Wash- 
ington. 



Depinet Due Out j 

Hollywood, March 13. | 
Ned Depinet. RKO distribution , 
prexy, who has been in Cedars ot ; 
Lebanon hospital for more than two ; 
weeks, following a slight heart at- 
tack, will leave there Thursday (15). 
He will remain around for a week 
recuperating, and then return to New- 
York. 




Trade Mark Registered 
FOr.VDED I3Y SIME BILVKKMAN 
I'nlilUhrd Weekly Uy VAItlKTY. lae. 

Sid Silverman, Prenl<lern 
l.'H Wosl 4filli Si., Now fhrlt 19. N. T. 



sunscitTr-noN 

Annual HO 

Sl.nKlr ConlCH. , . 



Foreign HI 

.^6 Cent* 



Vol. lofl 



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No. 1 



INDEX 

Bins 48 

Chatter 55 

Film Reviews i. .16 

House Reviews ........... 49 

Inside Legit . 50 

Inside Music ....... .. . 42 

Inside Orchestras 42 

Inside Pictures 18 

Inside Radio .... 32 

Legitimate ;. . . ..... . . ; . . . . 50 

Literati ...... '.'. ... .... . ... . 54 

Music .... .-.....' 39 

New .'Acts ......... . . .•', 49 

Nighl Club Reviews. .. .. .. . 46 

Obituary ....... .;', 55 

Orchestras 39 

Pictures , 3. 

Radio 22 

Radi > Reviews .. . 3G 

Frank Scully 2 

Vaudeville .44 

War Activities ...... 8 

DAII.V,VAIl-K'( y 

(I'ulillshed in HdtlywcM.ii. Iiy 
Dhlly Variety. I.ld I 
110 a year— 112 .'Foreign .,',. 



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A PERFORMANCE ! 




Please collect 
for them at 
every 

performance 
during the 
week of 
March 15«-21st 



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PICTUBE8 



PIX HEDGE VS. TEACE TABLE' SPOT 



Shipment of Film Resumed in Ohio 
Territory After ^Day Flood Stoppage 



Cincinnati, March 18. 
Film shipments by express, parcel 
post and trucks were resumed Mon- 
day (12). by exchanges here after 
the six-day Ohio River flood stop- 
page during which scores of ex- 
hibitors were authorized by dis- 
tributors to interchange product as 
best they could to maintain opera-, 
tlon. Thirty houses are closed, some 
of them flooded by the rampage, the 
fourth all-time highest in the Ohio 
Valley. 

John .Goodno, manager of the 
Palace, Huntington, W. Va., reached 
Cihcy Wednesday on a .chartered 
plane and returned with a large j 
supply of pictures for his and other ] 
theatres. I 

L. T. Levine and Louis Shur.e, 
Williamson. W. . Va. exhibs, and 
Everett Kiesling of Freeman & 
Newbold circuit of a dozen W. Va! 
houses, made separate auto trips via 
long detours to pick up pix here. 



Gable Resumes at M-G 

Holly wood, March 13. 
Clark Gable formally returned to 
work at- Metro, for the cflrst time 
since his release from the Army Air 
Force. 

Star's first job- was to , go through 
a series of wardrobe, fittings for his 
role in 'This Strange Adventure," 
which goes before the cameras in 10 
days. 



NW INDIES MAY VOTE 
'NO DIVORCEMENT' 

Minneapolis, March 13. 

When North Central AJHed. inde- 
pendent exhibitors" organization, 
meets this week to consider wheth- 
er it will get behind a theatre di- 
vorcement bill which; would affect 
the Minnesota Amus. Co: 'Para- 
mount), the territory's largest cir- 
cuit, it's anticipated the vote, will be 
"thumbs down." . 

Most of the Twin City independent 
•<hlbltors feel friendly toward Min- 
nesota Amus.. because they believe 
that John J. Frledl. Its president, is 
operating it in a way that Is as "fair" 
as possible toward the independents. 
While there are, of course, a num- 
ber of grievances, the majority opin- 
ion seems to be that Minnesota 
Amus. attitude, generally speaking, 
is ''live and "let live." A number of 
Independents have openly declared 
they'd rather have the theatres op- 
erated by Minnesota than by some 



BOB GESSNERS EDUCL 
FILM CONFAB AT NYU 

Educators and 1 cinema academi- 
cians will gather in New York the. 
evening of March 23 and morning 
of . March 24 for a film conference 
on production needs and -film uses 
in education, being conducted by the 
New York University Film Library. 
( Mainspring of the confab is Robert 
| Gessner. NYU's associate professor 
and chairman of the Department of 
Motion Pictures, 

On the opening evening, Pro- 
fessor Alice V; Keliher wjll talk 
about "The Film in Education's 
Future." Outstanding new films in 
the educational Held will be 
screened. 

Films in special adueational fields 
will be shown to separate groups 
at the morning session March 24, 
pictures dealing with child develop- 
ment, parent education and psy- 
chology, economics! physical educa- 
tion and public health, science and 
social studies. At a general session 
closing the conference, the flexibil- 
ity of the film as a teaching device 
will be discussed by a- -panel-.thafct 
will include Prof. Gessner; Lucille 
Allard. president of the National 
Education Association's department 
i of visual instruction, Metropolitan 
IN! Y.) branch; Profs. Dan W. Dod- 
son, Dora S. Lewis, Robert K. Speer 
and Capl. Raymond C. Lewis. Pro- 



, , ceedings will take place at NYU's 

of the independent clrcu. owners Wasllington Square College. 

who -probably would grab them off ; 

If the affiliated chain was compelled ; : 

by law to relinquish them ; Harry Sherman Plans 



The independent exhibitors' organ-.j 
Izalion had nothing to do with the j 

niii>riii-rTriTirmiiwriiriiiiiiV]Ti'a;J!;i { 

lature. it's declared. Henry Greene, i 
Jr.. its president, asserts, he knew | 
nothing about it, until he read about 
It In the newspapers. 

The bill was referred to. the com- 
mittee : on general legislation of the 
Jower house. E. J. Chilgren of Little 
For'ks, who introduced it. claims that 
a substantial majority of the commit- 
tee Is lined-up to recommend It but 
favorably. 



New Lot MbR 



ORG. TQ PROTECT 
FOREIGN TRADE 



By MORI KRUSHEN 

With U. S. Government . officials 
apparently lukewarm, thus' far, to 
giving the motion picture industry a 
voice at the international peace con- 
fabs, American, film industry toppers 
are looking to the formation of their 
long-postponed export trade asso- 
ciation to alleviate current and fore- 
stall future discriminatory practices 
in foreign Aim markets. 

While the State Department, par- 
ticularly through Its Telecommuni- 
cations Division, has shown interest- 
in the U. S. film industry problems 
abroad and is prepared to help", the 
motion picture business, is hot, ap- 
parently, being selected for special- 
ized handling at the peace table. 

Conception of both film trade 
execs and Government; officials is 
that film business, along with other 
American industry, will/come under 
the general discussions relating to 
international trade. Films, in short, 
are considered a part rather than 
.the spearhead ,of the move towards 
improved international trade agree- 
ments.. 

Under ourrent conditions, if one 
U. S. distributor decides to with- 
draw from any given territory as a 
result of discriminatory practices, 
other distribs would likely continue 
selling. Thus, no unanimous indus- 
try action to fight. restrloMons on 
y. S. film business abroad Is feas- 
ible, - ^ 
Understood that one of thj objee- 
(Continued on page 20) 



Duals Pay Off, Chain Execs State; 
Singles Continue Mainly in Talk 
Stage; Say Only Top 'A' Pix Can Solo 



20th's Guerilla Buy 

20th-Fox has purchased the screen 
rights to ah unpublished novel titled 
"American Guerilla in the Philip- 
pines" for around $50,000. It was 
authored by Lt. H. Richardson and 
Ira Wolfert. 

Understood book is coming up as 
a book club selection, a factor in 
the price set for the screen rights 
oh many literary properties. 



Nabe Theatre Robbers 
Apprehended in Chicago 

Chicago, March 13. 
Safe robbery last Jan. 28 in Alex 
theatre, nabe. was solved Sunday 
(11) with arrest of Frank Callo. 17, 
who confessed and implicated Mi- 
chael Gallichio, 28. and Sam Vesonio. 
26. 

Callo. however, admitted they took 
only $100, while Martin Sullivan, 
theatre manager, said safe contained 
♦ t.OOQ.' Gallichio and Cesonio de- 
nied youth's accusations. 



Hollywood. March 13 
Rental space is so scarce on the 
lllin lots that Harry SherniaTi has 
had his architects -draw blueprints 
for another sound stage and office 
building at his California Studios, 
with construction slated to start as 
soon as the War Production Board 
okays labor and materials. New 
structures will be'built on space now 
Used for auto pafking and prop stor- 
age. 

Currently quartered on the Cali- 
fornia lot are the Preston Slurges- 
Howard Hughes, W. R. Frank, James 
B. Cassidy and Jack Skirball-Bruce 
Manning outfits, with Paramount 
barging in frequently with overflow 
production. Other rental studios, 
such as General Service. .. Samuel 
Goldwyn and PRC. are crowded with 
indie producers. , 



Pix Buying Pools 
WottW Swap Info 

Various film buying-booking com- 
bines, representing Independent ex- 
hibitor groups, are planning to or- 
ganize as a. unit in order to speed ex- 
change of information concerning 
deals being set by distributors In 
various parts of the country. 

Understood that move, with Al- 
lied Stales sponsorship or approval, 
would bring buying combo reps to- 
gether in Chicago for regular meet- 
ings. 

C.nrrent...estiejales. sbo.w so. 25 
'f'zroughoui the 



"TWfoTtfrt] 



Yordan's 'Storm' Chore 

n Seymour Nebenzahl, producer of 
"Summer Storm" (Angelus Produc- 
tions), has purchased the screen 
rights to "Whistle Stop." novel by 
Marltta M. WolfT as his first produc- 
tion under his Nero banner. Random 
House published the novel in 1941. 

Nebenzahl has retained - Philip 
xordan. author of "Anna Lucasta." 
to script the screenplay at reported 
$2,000 weekly stipend. 

Aren't They All 

_■ Hollywood, March 13. 

Columbia assigned Alexis Thurn- 
Taxls as producer of the next Boston 
Blackie adventure, tentatively titled 
The Lady of Mystery .'' 

Filming starts in two weeks, with 
John Stone as general supervisor. 



2 More Weeks and Airer 
Then Goes in U Pic Prod. 

After a 60-week run on the Blue 
Network. "On Stage Everybody" will 
revert, after the March 28 broad- 
cast, to Universal fo.r screen produc- 
tion. The final two weeks. on the air 
closes this air buildup by parading 
the 10 winning players before trie 
microphone on two broadcasts next 
Wednesday (.11) and March 28. 

Immediately thereat ter the 10 
winners, selected from more than 
3,000 professionals . from nlteries, 
vaudeville, concert, radio, etc.. will 
trek to Universal for production of 
the film. "On Stage Everybody," 
April 16. ' . 

"On Stage." for the last 26 weeks 
of its; run on the air. was a direct 
lieup' betwpen Universal and the 
Blue Network to exploit the coming: 
picture. Its format on the air was 
much the same as that of the Metro- 
politan Auditions of the Air, with 10 
talented professionals awarded cov- 
eted picture contracts carrying seven- 
year options., 



■U. S. representing in the neighbor 
hood of 2.000. theatres. Consolidation 
of the units through a central in- 
formation medium is planned with 
the objective of exchanging data on 
specific picture deals so that exhibs 
in one part of the country will know 
the ternis being set in other ar-cas 
for product. 



SAG-EXTRAS DISPUTE 
ROUTED BACK TO WASH. 

Hollywood, Maroh 13. 

Jurisdictional dispute between the 
Soreen Actors Guild and the Screen 
flayers Union goes back to Wash- 
ington for solution as- a result of a 
deadlock between the two local 
groups. Argument Involves oontrol 
of players who do bit parts, stunts 
and singing. - -' 

Stewart Meacham, regional direc- 
tor of the National Labor Relations 
Board, was told that no compromise 
was possible between SAO and 
SPU. Unless the two organizations 
reaoh a last-minute agreement, 
NLR"B will either have to reaffirm 
its certification of SP-U or grant the 
petition of SAG for a modification. 
In the petition, SAG Is supported by 
the film producers. 

Additional complication in the 
SAO-SPU battle was the formation 
of a new group, the Soreen Extras 
fiulld. made up of extras dissatisfied 

mal application to the Associated 
Actors and Artistes of America for a 
charifer to represent film extras. 
Meanwhile the Four-A is considering 
an application for a similar local 
charter, filed recently by the SPU. 
New group is headed by Larry 
Steers. Field Norton and Dick Gor- 
don, although no election has been 
held. 

In an official statement. SAG de- 
clared that'" if the Screen Extras 
Guild is granted a Four-A charter 
it will be welcomed by the actors 
as a sister union and granted full 
cooperation. 



PHILLY VARIETY CLUB 
TO SPONSOR BOYS CLUB 

Philadelphia, March 13. 

To help police and social agencies 
curb rising juvenile delinquency. 
Variety Club. Tent 13, is planning a 
boys club, patterned after a similar 
organization recently formed by 
Variety Club of Baltimore. The plan 
will be discussed at next general 
membership meeting Monday (19). 

On the committee handling details 
are Ben Amsterdam, head of Atlan- 
tic Theatres, chairman: Jack Beresin, 
prexy of Berlo Vending.. Earle W. 
Sweigert, district manager for Para- 
mount, and Dr. Leon Lew, president 
of WCAU. 

Film men, feel that the industry has 
a great stake in the juvenile delin- 
quency problem, inasmuch as they 
are the. Mist' to suffer from pos- 
sible curfew legislation, hoodlumism 
which causes damage to their prop- 
erty, etc. 



Chain theatre operators, discussing 
possibility of single-billing as a 
hedge against seasonal dro u in at- 
tendance due to increasing "daylight 
hours, aggravated by the -midnight 
curfew, have thus fa* decided against 
the move: Double-billing, it is re- 
ported, will, be continued in most sit- 
uations, regardless of the curfew, 
and single-billing as a fixed policy 
remains in the talk-stage; 

According to some circuit opera- 
tors in N. Y.. single-billing will con- 
tinue only with top features of vir- 
tually assured b.o. potency. It has 
been found- hdwever .that the aver- 
age; "A" feature grosses consider- 
ably more when bolstered with a 
comparatively inexpensive support- 
ing picture. 

Possibility of, £Oing single-bill on . 
weekends while dualling the balance 
of the week has also been discussed 
by at least one circuit. Theatre op- 
erators, in many instances, are op.-, 
posed to this policy on grounds that 
patrons would, resent the high er b .o. 
scales and shorter entertainment pro-"' 
vided over, weekends, and would at- 
tribute it as a move on the. part of 
theatre management to gouge those 
who cannot go to theatres except on 
weekends. 

Pointed out by theatre execs that 
while films such as "Meet Me In St. 
Louis." "National Velvet," "To Have 
and Have Not," and similar top gros- 
sers. can be single-billed advanta- 
geously, lesser product has not held 
up well without supporting features^ 
Contention is <• that- entertainment 
buyers calculate in terms of volume 
of entertainment and feel cheated by 
a shorter program unless its strictly 
i Imp screen' fare. ..-...„, 

Mile,: single billiH'giriay"K? , il 
some cases, other circuit operators, 
following discussions during the la^t 
(Continued on page 20) 



Madison Out of Shorts, 
Directs Par's 'Stork Club' 



Noel .Madison moves up from' 
shorts to feature-length directorship 
in "The Stork „CIub," B. G. De Syl- 
va's high budget production at Par- 
amount. 

Former New York stage player, 
Madison directed a number of out- 
standing shorts on the Paramount 
lot, including "Bombalera," musical 
featurette nominated for the Oscar 
Derby, in 1944. 



Porter Yarn Re-Ground 

Hollywood. March 13. 
Warners tossed "Night and Day." 
biography of Cole Porter, back into 
the writing mill for a heavy repair 
job. 

Meanwhile Cary. Grant, signed for 
the lop role, is at liberty until the 
script is revamped. Uiulcr.-tood he 
is interested in co-slmr.iny with In- 
jjrid Bergman in David O. Selznlck ! s 
"Notorious." 



Bergman and McCarthy's 
Canadian Swing for U 

Maurice Bergman, Uhlversal's 
eastern, ad-publicity chief. and 
F. J. A. McCarthy, company's. Cana- 
dian sales head, leave for a swing 
through principal Canada key cities 
today , i Wednesday ). They plan vis- 
iting Toronto. Ottawa and Montreal 
in behalf of coordinating exploits- i 
tion-publiciiy plans for future re- 
leases. Jn this way. they hope to 
advise principal exhibitors ' of U's 
special plans for bally on stars in 
forthcoming pictures. 

The same plan of publicizing per- 
sonalities already used in the U. S. 
will be employed in Canada. 



20TH, F-WC ACCUSED OF 
K.O.ING THEATRE SALE 



Los Angeles. March 13. 
Herman Sims, realtor, filed suit 
for $10,000 against Harry M. Popkin, 
charging that the latter's refusal to 
go through with the sale of two__ 
theatres was influenced by 20th-Fox 
and Fox-West Coast. Theatres are 
the Vogue and [Pan Pacific which.' 
plaintiff asserts. Popkin was ready 
to sell to Joe Blumenfeld, San Fran- 
cisco theatre' operator, for $110,000. 
h„ii vu ,„„j m~,.„v, io sims declares he was to receive 
" Ji y L°™.„ Ma !! h '.LisiO.OOO. at the rate of $400 a month,. 

for arranging the sale. F-WC and 
20th-Kox, he says, induced Popkin to 
drop the deal when the option came 
up Jan. 5. 



Schine Agents Winchell's 
Gift to Gloversville 4 Y' 

Gloversville. N. Y.. March 13. 

The Gloversville Y. M. C. A. has 
received 'a gift of $500 from Walter 
Wincheil. columnist, it has been an- 
nounced by William Stubbs. general 
secretary. 

The gift came to the local asso- 
ciation as result of a suggestion by 
J. Myer Schine, head of Schine Thea- 
trical Enlcrprises, who met Wincheil : 
in Florida. 



' Radio Funnies for Film 

•- Hollywood. March 13. 

Two. Bills: Pine Sc Thomas have 
rounded up radio names for- their 
film' version of the airshow, "People 
Are Funny." Cast thus far are Jack 
Haley, Rudy Vallce. Frances Lang- 
ford. and Art Linklelter. 

Romantic leads will be played by 
Helen Walker and Philip Reed. 



300G Pix Divvys in Jan. 

Washington. March 13. 

Picture industry dividends amount- 
ed to only $300:000 in January. Dept. 
of Comerce reports. However, . no 
dividends at all were paid industry 
stockholders in January, 1944. 

Total dividends, for ' the - three- 
month period ending in January 
amounted to $7,700,000. or only $100.- 
000 better than, for the comparable 
period 6f a year earlier. 



Loew'» SOc Divvy 

. Loew's. Inc.. declared a 50c. divi- 
dend on the common stock at th« 
meeting of directors held last week. 

Divvy is payable March 31 to 
stockholders of record March '23. 



ffiREETf WedMwUy, March 14, 19i» 




Wednesday, March 14, 1945 f^THklVff 




"lurder 




WAR ACTIVITIES 



Wednesday, March 14, 1945 



UM Theatres Pledged for 1945 
Red Cross Drive, a Record High 



According to latest reports at N. Y.-f 
headquarters of the film 'industry's 
Bed Cross War Fund drive, 14,188 
theatres were pledged last week to 
participation in the theatre collec- 
tion campaign opening tomorrow 
(Thurs). Last week new - pledges 
from 829 theatres raised the na- 
tional total of participating theatres 
to the new record. As a result, ex- 
pected that 1945 theatre collections 
for Red Cross will outstrip all pre- 
vious years by a wide margin. 

Latest area to . join the 100 v 4> 
showing for total theatres pledged 
was Northern New. Jersey, which 
crossed the wire March 7 with all 
265 theatres signed up. Other 100% 
territories are Albsnyy Buffalo, Del- 
aware, Rhode Island and San 
Francisco. 

Frank Loesser and Hal Block have 
written a new song for the indus- 
try's Red Cross campaign. Perry 
Como-Ted Steele orch recording. Is 
being made available for use in the- 
atres or . on radio stations. 

Red Cross week tees off in RKO 
houses tomorrow .(Thurs) with a 
series of special stage events. Red 
Cross numbers and specialties will 
be tied in with live talent show's 
wherever used. 



D. C. Ups Quota 10% 

' Washington, March IS. 

In conjunction with the rest. 6t 
the nation's 16,000 theatres, the 
showmen of the District of Columbia 
have thrown their full weight be- 
hind the effort to make the 1945 
Motion Picture Theatre "Red Cross 
Week" of March 15-21 the greatest 
money-raising campaign ever, and 
have pledged lOO^c cooperation with 
the national program. 

Managers of the local theatres will 
strive to surpass last year's collec- 
tion mark and patrons will be asked 
to -contribute - to this- worthiest of 
causes, through use at each show of 
the Red Cross trailer . featuring in- 
grid Bergman. 

With the overall Washington quota 
nearly $2,800,000, the theatres have 
set themselves a quota of 20% more 
than last year. In order to obtain 
this increased quota, the showmen of 
the District will not only , make col 
lections at every performance, but 
have established Red Cross Wishing 
Wells in populated business sections 
adjacent to theatres. Others have 
established displays in -front of the 
theatres in order to obtain extra 
coin. The concept of these activities 
will not only aid theatre collections, 
but will help make the area Red- 
Cross-mihded. 

Complete plans were formulated 
by the War Activities Committee, of 
which John J. Payette and Carter T. 
Barron are co-chairm»-, and John 
Allen, exhibitor- chairman, several 
weeks ago in conjunction with the 
Motion Picture Theatre Owners of 
D. C, of which A. Julian Brylawski 
is president. The working person 
nel, in addition to those mentioned, 
Include Frank La Falce, area pub 
licity chairman for War Activities 
Committee, and the following area 
chairmen: Harry Bachman, Graham 
Barbee, Louis Bernheimer, Walter 
Cersley, Jack Foxe, Fred Kogod, 
Claude Land, George Shepp. Law 
rence Snoots, Lloyd Wineland, 



Pix Too Persuasive 

Newark, March 13. 

WMC propaganda reels' cer- 
tainly do produce results. C. Otto 
Nelson, manager of local News- 
reel theatre, saw several of them- 
at his own house, promptly went 
out and got a war job in Pater- 
son. In resigning,, he said the 
messages in the releases . were 
too strong to resist. 

Taking his place as manager 
it Edward Lindeman, formerly 
connected with the 72d St. the- 
atre, N. Y. 



TWO EXCHANGES PLEAD 
FOR WAGE INCREASES 

Philadelphia, March 13. 

Officials of two exchanges' • ap- 
peared before the Regional War 
Labor Board- last week to plead the 
case of film exchange employes who 
are seeking wage increases. 

George Schwartz, branch manager 
of Universal, and' Oscar Neufeld, 
general manager of Clark Films, in- 
die exchange, spoke in favor of the 
increase. Also- attending the huddle 
were Tom Loftus, president of Local 
B-2, Film' Exchange Employee 
Union <AFL). 

The appeal was taken under ad- 
visement by the WLB panel with 
another meeting skedded within the 
next two weeks. 



Met Star Gets Lead 
In Col's Tars ui Spars' 

■Hollywood, March 13. 
Marc Piatt, formerly Marc Ptatoff , 
star of the Ballet Russe de Monte 
Carlo, draws one of the top spots in 
Columbia's forthcoming version of 
the Coast Guard play, 'Tars and 
Spars'." 

Slated as official supervisor of the 
film is Lieut. -Commander Milton H. 
Bren, former Metro producer. 



Labor's 12,716 Pledges 

Hollywood, March 13. 

Labor is leading thus far in the 
film industry's 1945 Red Cross fund 
drive, with 12,718 pledges out of a 
total of 15,513, according to Walter 
Wanger, chairman. He added: "If 
the people making $500 a week or 
more will get in their pledges and 
give their fair share, we will reach 
our quota. If they don't, we won't. 
It's as simple as that." . 

Drive will end officially March 30 



Iwo Battle May Become 
Feature; Plenty Footage 

Washington, March 13! 

The Iwo Jima battle may be the 
subject of a feature-length film, with 
one Hollywood studio having al- 
ready sounded out the Navy on the 
prospects of such a pic. 

Already more than 300,000 feet ot 
combat footage has reached this 
country from the battle . area, and 
Navy technicians are cutting this 
into story form. In addition to what 
has been released to the newsrecls, 
there is plenty of good footage 
available for a special subject. 

The jwo coverage is probably the 
best handled to date. Service 
lensers were briefed in advance on 
what to do, and scripts were issued 
to the men so that each cameraman 
knew exactly what he was to shoot. 

Arrangements for shooting the 
operation were handled by Lt. 
Comm. John McClain, ex-Hollywood 
scripter, who brought tlx Irst IWO 
footage to this country. Last -week- 
end,- Navy Lt. David Hopkins, son of 
Harry Hopkins, brought back an- 
other batch.. .... 



K1LR0E TO REPRESENT 
U.S. AT COPYRIGHT CONY. 

William Roy Vallance of the State 
Department has announced that Ed- 
win P. Kilroe has been appointed to 
the Committee on Intellectual Prop- 
erly (Copyright) of the Iuter-Amer- 
ican Bar Association. Kilroe is the 
copyright adviser to 20th CJerrtury- 
Fox Film. 

The committee will make its re- 
port at the Fourth Conference of the 
Inter-American Bar Association, to 
be held in Santiago, Chile, Oct 20-29, 
1945. Kilroe will represent the Mo- 
tion Picture Producers & Distributors 
of America, Inc., on the commitee. 
He represented the Motion Picture 
Industry at the Conference of the 
Inter-American Bar Association held 
in Mexico City from July 31, 1944, to 
Aug. 8, 1944. 

At the conference held in Mexico 
City a resolution was passed to ap- 
point a Committee of Copyright -Spe- 
cialists to draft a Pan-American 
Copyright Convention that would be 
adopted by all the countries of North 
and South America. The Copyright 
Convention is to act as the basis of a 
Universal or Worldwide Copyright 
Convention to take the place of the 
Berne Convention (the International 
Convention for the Protection of Lit- 
erary and Artistic Works). Kilroe 
was designated as one of the, special- 
ists: to draft the Copyright Conven- 
tion. The Committee of Specialists 
will have their report ready for the 
Conference to be held in Santiago in 
October, 1945. 

Natal io Chediak of Havana, Cuba., 
is chairman of. both committees — the 
Committee on Copyright of the Inter- 
American Bar Association and the 
Committee of Specialists to draft the 
Pan-American Convention. 

Kilroe is recognized as a leading 
authority on American and Interna- 
tional Copyright in the United States. 
He has been chairman of the Copy- 
right Committee of the MPPDA for 
14 years. During this period he has 
represented the Motion Picture In- 
dustry before the various committees 
in Congress on copyright legislation. 
In 1936, representing the picture in- 
dustry, he . ma3e a survey of the 
Berne Convention and- copyright 
matters in Europe, and in 1939 he 
made a further survey . and drafted 
recommendations to be presented to 
the next Berne Convention, to' be 
held after World War II has ended. 

In August, 1944, Kilroe made a sur- 
vey of the Copyright Law In Mexico 
on behalf of the Motion Picture In- 
dustry, wtih a view of making rec- 
ommendations to the Mexican Gov- 
ernment for the - amendment of the 
Mexican Copyright Law to aid the 
American prdoucers and distributors 
of motion pictures in that country. 



Fabian's Bonds to Stimulate R. C. 

Albany, March 13. 
Every Fabian malinger in the Al- 
bany area who surpasses his house's 
quota in the Red Cross drive will be 
given a War Bond, Saul J. Ullman, 
upstate manager, announced. Ull- 
man was instructed to make this 
offer by Si H. -Fabian, head of the 
circuit. Fabian called for art. all-out 
effort in the Redf Cross campaign 
by every employee. Ullman re- 
vealed that the 10 Fabian theatres 
participating in the 1944. campaign 
collected more than $14,000, .which 
he described as die .'record for in- 
dependent units upstate. 



Hertz's MEKtre 

John Hertz, Jr., chairman of the 
board of the Buchanan & Co. 
agency, again has been appointed 
advertising-publicity chairman for 
the 7th War Loan for the motion pic- 
ture industry. 

Hertz held the same post during 
the 6th War Loan campaign. 

Martin J. Mullin, .of the M&P 
circuit, has been named New Eng- 
land regional chairman 'for . the 
Seventh War Loan, drive participa- 
tion by the motion picture industry, 
Mullirt's partner, Samuel Pinanski, 
is 'national chairman of the cam- 
paign for the industry. Harry 
Browning is executive assistant to 
Pinanski. 

Showmen who staged the most 
outstanding exploitation campaigns 
during the Sixth -War Loan cam 
paign will next week be awarded 
prizes from the $5,000 screen mag 
contest. Prize money has been di- 
vided" into' 10 major prizes and five 
consolation awards. John Herz, Jr., 
publicity director during the Sixth 
War Loan Drive, reported last ,week 
that 3,227 entries were received 
Uflurlng the contest from exhibitors. 



Army's All-Out Plugging to Make 
'Rodger Young Official Infantry Song 



Distaff GIY Caii Dance 

Hollywood, March 13. 
Women of the armed services will 
be permitted to dance at the Holly- 
wood -Canteen under a new ruling 
by the board of directors. From 
now on there will be no discrimina- 
tion, between boys and gals in Uncle 
Sam's uniforms. 

.Canteen was organized for men 
only, but that was before the WACS. 
WAVES, Spars or Women . Marines' 
were organized. 



ARMY ASKS 35 MORE 
OVERSEAS H0SP UNITS 

The U. S. Army has requisitioned 
USO-Camp Shows for six overseas 
hospital units in. March, six more in 
April, and 20 additional ones ns. soon 
as available: These are stepped-up 
requirements, based on success of 
recent hosp outfits abroad. 

Since last August, when 20 such 
units were sent abroad from N. Y., 
program has met with great favor. 
Some variety groups abroad, whose 
tours were completed, were broken 
UP to add- to the hosp loop, so that 
now there are approximately 50 
overseas. These are special units 
playing overseas hospitals only, as 
against the larger vaude or legit 
troupes touring . camps, bases, .etc, 
Layouts consist of two to four peo- 
ple, of singers and entertainers, 
with occasional novelty acts added. 

Several overseas units are being 
built by Dave Elman from people 
on his "Hobby Lobby" programs. 
People will be salaried, although 
Elman is volunteering his" services' 
in getting them ready. First two 
will be ready , in' four weeks. Over- 
seas hosp loop now nas, for novel- 
ties, three "Smoke Rings" groups,- 
each a pipe and toy display accom- 
panied by an entertainer. A new 
outfit is "Mother Time's Curios," 
containing WoT tftgfaTng't W ' W hts ft Mfc 
collection of watches. Mrs. Jean 
Jellicoe (Mother Time) . travels with 
unit, lecturing, and; two girl instru- 
mentalists accompany. Novelty 
troupes are- proving great faves in 
wards. 



Billy Wilder'sOWl Post 
Awaits « OK From D.C 

Hollywood, March 13 
Billy Wilder arrived back in 
Hollywood Sunday (11) . night fol 
lowing conferences with Elmer 
Davis, OWI- chief, in Washington, 
concerning Wilder's taking post as 
chief of entertainment in U.. S.-i 
occupied Germany. Wilder planed 
out during the middle of last week 
for hurried huddles. 

He expects to hear confirmation 
from Washington by Thursday (15) 
on whether he takes postor hot. 



L. A. to N. Y. 

Katherine Alexander. 

Iris Barry, 

Barney Briskin. 

Geraldine Fitzgerald. 

Bill Goodwin. 

Miles Ingalls. 

Jack Lait 

Al. Levy. 

Sammy Lewis* 
■'■ Sam Marx. 
. Maria Montez. .'. 

George Pal. 

Bill Pierce, Jr. 

William R. Rogers. ' 

FranK Sinatra. 

Alex Stordahl. 

Spencer Tracy. 

Stella Unger. 

Tom Walker. 



• N. Y. to L. A. 

Earl BlackwelL 
Ralph Edwards. 
James R. Grainger. 
Al Grossman. 
Al Paschall.' 
John Patrick. 
William Saal. 
Marvin Schenck! 
Herbert J. Yates, Sr. 



Nick and Weston Paroled 
After 3 Years in the Pen 

. St. .Louis, March 13. : 
John P. Nick, former czar of 
IATSE, Local No. 143 and his. chief 
lieutenant, Clyde Weston, last week 
were ; paroled from the Federal jugs 
to which they were sent Jan. 2, 1942, 
after conviction of violating the 
anti-racketeering act by extorting 
$10,000 from local exhibs in 1936 and 
$6,500 in 1937 while wage hike de- 
mands were under consideration. 
Announcement of the release, six 
months before they would have been 
unconditionally released, was made 
in Washington by James V. Bennett, 
director of the Bureau of Prisons, 
Department of Justice. 

Nick was released from Leaven- 
worth,' Rains., where he was trans- 
ferred after he and Weston were 
taken to the hoosegow at Terre 
Haute, Ind. Infraction of prison rules 
is' said to have been the reason Nick 
was transferred from the Indiana 
institution. 

The men were convicted in the 
local U. S. District Court in Sep- 
tember, 1940, on 11 counts and sen- 
tenced by Judge John Caskie Collet. 
They previously had been indicted 
on the $6,590 deal by a state grand 
jury, but the cases were abated be- 
cause' they had -not been brought to 
trial within four terms of court. The 
Federal indictments followed. Nick 
has been a close associate of George 
E. Browne, former national prez. of 
IATSE and whether he will make an 
attempt to regain control of Local 
No. 143 thai he formerly ruled with 
an iron fist is questionable. The 
present execs are said to be anti- 
Nick. 



By ARTHUR BRONSON . 
The U. S. Army has gone into 
what amounts to song pluggiiig for 
the .first time — in the promotional 
work it is putting behind Pfc. Frank 
Loesser's new tune "Rodger Young" 
to make this the official song of the 
Infantry. The Army also hopes this 
ballad . is the answer to its two-year- 
old search for a song to set the 
American public right about that 
neglected branch of the service — 
the foot-soldier — and correct what 
isn't' necessarily a morale problem 
but rather a misconception which . 
may prove dangerous unless cleared 
up. 

Ever since the war, the Army has 
been aware that the. public knows 
nothing about the Infantry. . People 
have been air-minded . . and tank- 
minded; the war, according to the 
public, was being fought by ma- 
chines. The point of view had its 
dangers because even an infantry- 
man's family or sweetheart was un- 
informed, and their mail to .the 
soldiers showed their unawareness 
and so had a bad effect oh the 
fighter. 

The Army has tried to get the 
fundamental concept of warfare 
across— that the infantry still has to 
do the bulk of fighting after artil- 
lery, planes, tanks and engineers 
have done the preliminary work. 
Trying to make the public under- 
stand, and trying to make them 
proud of the infantryman, the Army 
two years ago. sought a song that 
would ' fit the bill, to gel over the 
point that the foot-soldier was val- 
uable, gallant and intrepid. 

Army's Direct Agency Contact 

According to Army officials, 
"Rodger Young" sets the infantry in 
its proper perspective, giving a con- 
cept . of its gallantry and heroism. 
Public awareness through the song 
will boost the infantryman's spirit, 
they feel, so Army has been contact- 
ing agencies to get the song on air 
programs, interesting bandleaders, 
and . the like. Song has had a big 
build up since the spread in Life, 
WEr&ri. -'Same day the N : Y. Stage . 
Door Canteen gave it an 18-minute 
production. Within that week 
Nelson Eddy, Lawrence Tibbett end 
Alfred Drake sang it on their vari- 
ous programs. Burl Ives sang .it on 
the Squibbs hour and recorded it for 
Decca. Eddy had to'repeat song oh 
his following Sunday program arid 
. is recording it for Columbia. James 
Melton recorded song for a 15- 
minute Treasury- program in a 
dramatization for forthcoming bond 
drive. Song has been plugged by 
Winchell, March of Time, etc. Gov. 
Lausche of Ohio has declared March 
25 "Rodger Young Day" in honor of 
the young Ohio-born soldier, with 
Army Hour plugging song that day, 
and special celebration skedded. . 

Loesser, who wrote song in his 
spare time, owns the tune. Song .is 
being restricted in use, due to its 
form and message, hence Isn't likely 
to make the Hit Parade because not 
being popularized by all types of 
singers. All of Loesser's proceeds 
are going to the Infantry Journal 
Ass'n Prisoners of War Fund. 



Lt D. H. Kicney Missing 

Lt. David Henderson Richey, son 
of H. M. Richiey, assistant to. William 
F, Rodgers,. v.p. and general sales 
manager of Lpew's, is one of 10 
crew members missing following the 
crash of a B-24 Bomber late Satur- 
day afternoon' off Monlauk Point, 
L. I. Bodies of an officer and one 
of the enlisted personnel aboard the 
plane were recovered shortly after 
the crash. Lt. Richey's life jacket 
was found floating nearby.^ «•' 



Harry Novak's Eoropeai 
U Spot, HQ in Paris 

Harry Novak was named conti- 
nental supervisor for Universal In- 
ternational yesterday (Tuesday) by 
Joseph H.Seidelmari.U International 
prexy; Novak, who will, headquar- 
ter in Paris, leaves for Europe lata 
this month and. will assume super- 
vision in April of France, Switzer- 
land and other European countries. 
: Novak has been in the picture 
business for 26 years, serving Para- 
mount for IS years in South Amer- 
ica and the 'Far East. He also was 
with Warner Bros, in South America 
for a number of years. 



RossCh 



h£es 



Harry. Ross, head of Ross Federal 
checking service, is in Hollywood 
huddling with indie producers on 
checking deals. ' 



Regan's UN Bow 

Hollywood; March 13. 

First official . entry from show 
business in the United Nations Con- 
ference in San Francisco is Phil Re- 
gan, - 

Tenor will open the international 
proceedings by singing "The ■ Star 
Spangled Banner.? 



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Chi Not So Hot Albeit Victory Tall 
$31000, 'Ready -Gypsy Rose Zingy 32G 



Ghloago, March 13. -f 
Tax deadline, brownout, curfew, 
.re being felt here, although some 
asl grosses are being racked up in 
a few spots. Really boff holdover is 
"jvieet Me in St. Louis," In thi»;d 
week at Chicago. "Three Cabal-. 
lei os"-"Night Club Oirl" opened for 
sock $28,000 at Palace; "Winged Vic-, 
tory "-looks wow $31,000 at Roose- 
vell; and "Rough, Tough, Ready" 
with stage bill headed by Gypsy 
Rose Lee, looks neat $32,000 at 
Oriental. 

Another h.o., "Have, Have Not," 
is smash $42,000 at State^Lake. 
Estimates for This Week 

Apollo (BicK) (1.200; 55-95)— 
"Ministry.- of •. Fear" (Par). Nice 
$12,000. Last week, "Guest in 
House" (UA) (2d wk), fair $9,000. 

Chicago (B&K) (2,900; 55-95)— 
"Meet Me St. Louis" (M-G) with 
Rose Marie heading stage show (3d 
wk), Fat $52,000. Last week, $58,- 
000. 

Garrlck (B&K) (900; 55-95)— 
"Sign of Gross" (Par) (reissue) (3d 
wk). Stout $9,000. Last week, $12,- 
Ooo. ■■■■■ 

Grand (RKO) CU50; 55-95)— 
"Minder, My Sweet" (RKO) and 
"Luckv Night" (U). Okay $9,500. 
1,851 week, "Wuthering Heights" 
(UA) and "Topper" (M-G ) (re- 
issues), 6 days, and "Murder" (RKO) 
and "Xucky Night" (U), . 1 day,- 
$7,600. 

Oriental (Iroquois) 13,200; 44-95) 
—"Rough. Tough, Ready?' (Col) with 



Gypsy Rose Lee heading stage show. 
Big . $32,000. Last week, . "Destiny"' 
(If) with Hal Mclntyre orch and 



June Preisser, fancy $26,000. 

Palace (RKO) (2,500: 55-95)— 
"Three Caballeros'' (RKO) and 
"Night Club Girl" (U). Smash. 
$28,000: Last week, "Murder. My 
Sweet" (RKO) and "Lucky Night" 
(U i (2d wk), 6 days, minus Wednes- 
day (7) evening performances out 
for benefit showing of "Caballeros" 
(RKO i and "Club Girl'' (U), 1 day. 
$1G.500. ■ ' - . 

Roosevelt (B&K) (1,500; 55-95)— 
"Winged- Victory" (20th). Opened 
Saturday (10). Wham $31,000 or 
pear looms: Last week, "Objective 
Burma'" (WB) (4th wk), $17,000 in 
eijtht days. 

State-Lake (B&K) (2.700; 65-95)^- 
"Havr. -Have Not" (WB) (2d wk). 
Great $42,000. Last week, boffo $49;- 
000. 

Untied Artists (B&K) (1,700: 55- 
35>— "Parkington" (M-G) (5th wk). 
So-so $16,000. Last week, snappy 
$18,000. • 

Woodi (Essariess) (1.200; 55-95)— 
"Belle Yukon" (RKO) (2d wk). 
Okay $12,000. Last week; pert $14,- 
700. 



vaude on stage. Fairly good $6,500. 
rft" 

"Keys of "Kingdom" (2'OtSi HA wk). 



Last week, "Do. 
vaude, snappy 
Majestic (Fay 



(2,20 



(WB) and 
44-55)— 



Earning stay with snappy $12,500 
after solid $15,000 first stanza. 

Metropolitan (Snider) (3,100; 44- 
80)— "Crime Over London" (Mono) 
and "Sons o' Fun" unit on- stage. 
Three-day weekenij run, nifly $8,500. 
Last week, "Song Miss. Julie 1 ' (Rep)' 
and vaude,' $7,500. 

Playhouse (Snider) (1,300 ; 44-55) 
—"Behind Enemy Lines" (Rep) and 
"Fashion Model ' (Rep). - Surpris- 
ingly good $6,500. . Last week, "Lake 
Placid Seieuadc' 1 (Rep) and. 
"Gr.issly's Millions" (Rep), $3,000. 

State (Loew) (3,200; 50-60)— 
"Guest in House"' (UA) and "Eadie 
Was Lady"' (Col). Fairly steady at 
$13,500. Last week, "Music Millions" 
(M-G) and "Main St: After Dark" 
(M-G) (2d wk), $13,000. : 

Strand iSilvermaii) (2,000; 50 r60) 
—••Song to Remember:' (Col) (2d 
wk). Carryover begap Monday (12). 
First sesh, boffo $15,000. 



MUSIC SOCKO 
35GINPH1LLY 



K.C. Biz on Downbeat 
But 'Tbunderbead' Oke 
-»14G; 'Crime' Nice 1 liG 

Kansas City, March 13. 
Grosses at deluxers here are. sag-. 

?ing this week. Even the top hew-- 
omer, "Thunderhead," day-and-dale 
at. Esquire, Uptown and Fairway, is 
far from sock. "Having Wonderful 
Crime" is nice at OrpheUm. 
Estimates for This Week 

■ Esquire, Uptown and Fairway 
(Fox-Midwest) (820. 2,043 and 700; 
40-60)— "Thunderhead" (20th). Big 
$14,000, Last week. "Sign of Crass" 
(Par) (reissue), good $11,000. 

Midland (Loew's) (3,500: 45-65)— 
. Music for Millions" (M-G) and 
Mam St. After Dark" (M-G) (2d 
wk). Trim $11,500 after fine $14,500 
initialer. 

Newman (Paramount) (1.900: 46- 
85)— Bell Toils" (Par) (2d wk). 
Lusty $11,000 after loud $14,000 ini- 
tial frame at regular scale. 
., u ° r P neum (RKO) (1.500; 46-65)—, 
Having Wonderful Crime" (RKO) 
a !\ d c "Tahiti Nights" (Col). Nice 
»i 1.500. Last week, "HoUywood Can- 
teen (WB) (2d wk), husky $12,500. 

■ Tpwer (Fox-Joffee) (2,100; 39-60) 
— Werewolf" (Col) and "Soul of 
Monster (Col) with stage revue. 
Average $Io,500. Last week. "Alas- 
ka (Mono) and "Big Bonanza" 
tuep) with vaude. about same. 

'GUESr-'EADIE' BRISK 
$13,500 IN MILD PR0V. 

Providence. March 13. 
drosses are slightly lower gener- 
Vnw Mllrder . My Sweet" and 
m ° ,?, f Guest in House" and 
Eadie Was a Lady" looks standout. 
- Estimates for This Week 
„* lb « (RKO) (2,100: 44-60)— 
Murder My Sweet" (RKO) and 
nZ ,* Blonde" (RKO).- Nice $14.- 
La . s . 1 ' w * e & "House Franken-' 

(u " ditto } ■ ,,Mumm y' s . Curse "' 

« < r ar .!i? n <Fay-Loew) (1,400: 44- 
"p^. Sund , a y Dinner" (20th) a'nd 
fm? ntln ,8,Lady" «0th) (3d down- 
town wk). steady $4,000. Second 
sesh was good $4,800. 
«rM ys ^.'F a y> < 2 .«>0; 44-55)- 
China Girl" (M-G) (reissue) and 



Philadelphia. March 13. 

Biz; continues healthy in Philly. 
Hottest item is "Mualc for Millions." 
preeming at the Stanley, with 
"Hangover .Square" In second spot 
at' the Fox. Surprise of -week is 
combo of "SuDday Dinner for Sol- 
dier" arid "Fighting . Lady'! at 
Keith's. 

Estimates for' This Week 

Aldlne (WB) (1.303 : 40-85)-^ 
"Between 2 Women" (M-G) (2d wk).- 
Okay $11,500 after sweet. $17;500 for 
opener plus hefty $4,500 on Sabbath 
show at Earle. 

Arcadia (Sablosky) (600: .40-85)— 
"National Velvet" (M-G) (2d run). 
Smooth $8,000 for this small-seater. 
Last week. "Have, Have Not" (WB). 
hot $"8,500 second run'. 

Boyd (WB) (2,560; 40-85)— "Thin 
Man Home" (M-G). Nice $19,500. 
Last week. "Guest in House" (UA) 
(2d wk). satisfactory $16,500. 

Earle (WB) (2,760:. 50-95 )— "'Noth- 
ing But Trouble" (M-G) with Bobby 
Sherwood orch, Barry Wood and 
Patsy Kelly on stage.. Okay $24,500; 
Last week, '!Gets Her Man" tU) 
with- "Sons o' Fun" unit, on stage, 
boff $28,000. 

Fox (WB) (2.245: 40-85)— "Hang- 
over Square" (20th). Socko $25,000. 
Last week,- "Be Seeing You" (UA). 
bright $18,500 for third sesh. 

Ksrlton (Goldman) (1,000: 40-85) 
—"Meet Me St. Louis" (M-G) (2d 
run). Snagging torrid $10, 500^4&- 
spite long run at Aldin'e. Last week.' 
"Now Tomorrow" (Par) (2d run), 
good $8,500: ■ 

Keith's (Goldman) (2.200: 40-85) -- 
"Sunday Dinner* (20th) and "Fight- 
ing Lady" (20th). Solid $11,000. both 
second run. Last week. "Ministry 
Fear" (Par), fairish $5,000 second 
run. . • - 

Mastbaum (WB) (4.602: 40-85)— 
"Objective Burma" (WB) (3d wk). 
Fair $18,000. Last week, okay $21,- 
000. 

Stanley (WB) (2.760: 40-85)— 
"Music for Millions" (M-G). Rous- 
ing $30,000 plus capacity $5,000 Tor 
one-day showing at Earle. Sunday 
(11). Last week. "Here Come Waves'' 
(Par), big $18,500 for third canlo; 

Stanton (WB) (1,475; 40-85)— 
"Dark Waters" (UA) (2d wk). Fair- 
ish $10,000 after whopping $17,000 
.for initialer. 



wk). Fair $11,000. Last week, 
topped town at big $15,000. 

Mary Anderson (People's) (1,000; 
40-60)— "Roughly Speaking" (WB), 
Hard, hit by flood emergency, pre- 
venting patrons from coming to 
downtown sector. Moderate $3,500 
or over. Last week, "Objective 
Burma" (WB) (2d wk), about same. 

National (Standard) (2,400; 50-75) 
— "Voodoo Man" (Mono) and Count 
Basie- orch. Okay $12,000. '. May do' 
better than that if transportation 
improves. .Last week, house was sold 
out to local defense plant for home 
talent show. 

RlaHo (Fourth Avenue) (3,300; .40- 
60)— "Here Come Co-Eds" (U) and 
"Destiny" (U). Looks easy winner 
of top money. In spite of disaster' in 
house's area, headed for solid $13,- 
000. Last week, "Bell Tolls" (Par) 
at regular prices, oke $12,000, 

Strand (Fourth Avenue): (1.400: 
40-60*^-"Hou."c of Frankenstein" (U) 
and. "Mummy's Curse" (U) (2d wk). 
Fairish. $3,000 after last week's 
strong $6,000. - 



Denver Trend Is Down 
AIbtfTo-Eds'0kei7G, 
2 Spots; < Song r H«h 10G 

Denver. March 13. 

"Here Come the Co-Eds" is pacing 
the city currently, day-date at Den r 
ver and Esquire. "A Song to Re- 
member" is heading for record at 
the small Aladdin. Generally biz is 
off some: 

Estimates for This Week 

Aladdin (Fox) (1,400; 35-74 )— 
"Song to Remember" (Col), (m.o,). 
Record $10,000. Last week, "Objec- 
tive Burma" (WB) and "Night Club 
Girl" (U), fine $6,500, also m.o. 

Denhara (Cockrill) (1,750; 35-70)— 
"Bell Tolls" (Pari (2d wk). Fairish 
$8,500, but holds anyway. Last Week, 
big $14,000. : 

Denver (Fox) (2,525: 35 -74 )— 
"Here Come Co-Eds"- (U) and "Des- 
tiny" (U), day-date with Esquire. 
Solid $14,000. Last week. "Song to 
Remember" JCol), also^ Esquire; big 

Esquire (Fox) (742; 35-74 )— "Here 
Came Co-Eds" (U) and "Destiny'' ■ 
(U), also Denver. Good $3,000. Last 
week. "Song" (Col), also Denver, big 
$3,750. ' ' 

Orpheum (RKO) (2,800; 35-74) — 
"Meet ■ St. Louis' (M-G) (2d wk). 
Slipping to modest $12,000 or near. 
La'st week, record-breaker at $23,030. 

Paramount (Fox) (2,200; 35-74)— 
"I Was Faithful" (FC) and. "Pardon 
Us" (FC) (reissues). Oke $7,000. 
Last week. "Frisco Sal" <U> and 
" Grizzly's. Millions" (Rep), $8,000. 

Rlalto (Fox) (878: 35-74)— "Objec- 
tive Burma" (WB) and "Night Club 
Girl" (U) (m.o.). Trim $3,200. Last 
week, "Dark Waters" (UA) and 
"Her Lucky. Night" (U), fair $2,500, 
also m.o. 



Flood Hits Tville But 
'Co-Eds' Sofid $13,000 

Louisville. March 13. 

"Old Man River" is the theme this 
week, and all estimates are based on 
whether the ; rise will continue or 
reach a crest.. No downtown houses 
have ceased operation, nor has the 
high-water situation affected nabes 
as far as water damage is concerned.' 
However, biz is 'way oir at ' all 
houses due to snarled transportation 
situation, and the -large numbers of 
patrons threatened . by flood waters. 
All houses going light on exploita- 
tion during the flood emergency. 
Top grosser should be Riallo with 
"Here Come Co-Eds." ; 

Estimates for ThU Week 

'Brown (Fourth Avenue-Loew's) 
(1.400: 40-60)— "Bell Tolls" (Par). 
Moveover. Light $3,009. Lasl week. 
"This Man - s Navy" (M-G) and 
"Blonde Fever" (M-G), oke $3,500 
on m.o. . 

Kentucky (Swilow) (1,200: 30-40)— 
"Lost in Harem" (M-G) and "Merry 
Monahans" (U). Modest $1,500. 
Last week. "Something for Boys" 
(20lh) and "3 Men in White" (M-G), 
$1,700. • 

Loew's State (Loew's) (3,000: 40- 
00)— "Music for Millions" (M-G) (2d 



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Curfew Cuts Into N. Y. But Tonight' 
Big 100G, Murder Tall 30G; Powder' 
24a Tree'-Borge-Edwards 1086, H.O. 

in first three days. Last week. "Keys 
of Kingdom" (20th) (10th wk), good 



-''"Se^ttte;-"- March 13. 
Theatres are advertising "dire to 
midnight curfew, come early.' 



The curfew has cut Into %he first- 
run Broadway deluxers, especially 
Saturday nights. 

Six new. pictures arrived on the 
Main Stem during the last week, with 
"Tonight and Every Night " at the 
Music Hall; "Murder My Sweet," at 
the Palace: "Keep Your Powder Dry." 
at Criterion, and "Utah," at the Re- 
public, rated important. "Tonight" 
looks big at $100,000, a bit lower than 
recent opening weeks at the Hall. 
Palace is . cashing . in on - the vogue 
for melodramatic thrillers, "Murder, 
My Sweet.", bringing a solid $30,000.. 
"Powder Dry" is considerably off 
from recent' openings at the Criterion 
where it will hit a good $24,000. 
"Utah" has the Rep back in the run- 
ning with ah okay $7,000, best at 
this house in some time. 

Return on. Saturday of "Song of 
Bernudette" at the Rivoli, where it 
opened originally in N. Y.. did a 
nice $10,700 on the first three days. 
"Nothing But Trouble" is dragging 
bottom at $6,000 or less at the. Riallo, 
which has really suffered from the 
midnight closing ban. 

Both . the Capitol and Roxy are do- 
ing unusually, well with their first 
holdover . sessions, former's- second 
week being boffo $80,000 with "'Do- 
rian Gray" plus Xavier Cugat's. band. 
Lena Home and Robert Walker on 
the stage. "Tree Grows in Brooklyn."; 
with stage layout topped by Joan 
Edwards and Victov Borge, at the 
Roxy, held up to giant $100,000 on 
second week ended last night, not 
far from smash $107,000 initial week. 

Paramount, with "Bring On Girls ' 
and Ink Spots. Ella Fitzgerald and 
Cootie Williams . orchestra, finished 
smartly on. second week last night 
lire; big (Tues.) with hefty $65,000. ."Hotel 

*" " " 1 ftl Jwifii^WM<lkjil'JMMl!^V |0 " 

men Cavallaro band anTPeter Lin re. 

shapes up for an extra fancy $53,000 
for second frame at ' the Strand. 
State has" a strong $35,000 on its sec- 
ond week of "Meet Me in St. Louis' 
plus Vincent Lopez band. Sheila Bar- 
rett and Johnny Burke on the stage, 
better than some first weeks. ■ 

"Fighting Lady"" is finishing its 
extra-long and big money-making 
run at the Victoria today (Wed.), go- 
ing one day bcybnd the seventh 
week. "Thunderhead" opens there 
tomorrow. 

, Estimates for this Week 

Astor (City In v. )- (1.140; 60-$1.25) 

- -Princess and Pirate" (RKO) (5th 
wk). Still potent at $27,000. likely 
will go' Ave weeks more. Last week, 
smart $29:000. .' ■ „„, 

Capitol (Loew's) (4,820; 60-$1.20) 

— ■Dorian Gray" (M-G) plus Xavier 
Cugat orch, Lena Home. Robert 
Walker on stage (2d wk). Stage 
layout has plenty of pilll, with sec- 

l ond session holding big at $80,000, 
while initial week was smash $84,- 
000. Slays -<)iii.~.«M,, WK ».», l ,.„ f »,; 
Criterion (Loew's-) (1.700; 60-$1.25) 
~ " (M-G) 



—"Keep Your Powder Dry' 



in many locations this week b 



bul 1 Looks good $24,000, but not smash, 
z is f Last week. "Here Come Co-Eds" 



Outstanding exception is 1 'U) (3d wk). suirdy $12,000 



lagging. 

"Meet Me in St. Louis," which 
strong in two spots. 

Estimates for This Week 

Blue Mouse (Hamrick-Evergrecn ) 
(800; 45-80)— "Bell Tolls'; (Par) (4th 
wk). From Paramount. Big $G,000. 
Last week. "Woman in Window" 
(RKO) and "One Body" (Par) (5th 
wk). $4,600 in 8 days. 

Fifth Avenue (H-E) (2,349: 45-80) 
—"Meet Mc St. Louis" (M-G) and 
"Main St. After Dark". (M-G). Ter- 
rific $17,000. Last week, "Keys of 
Kingdom" (20lh) (2d wk), fine 
$9,000. , 

Liberty (J & vH) (1,650; 45-80)— 
"Seeing You" (UA) and "Missing 
Juror" (Col) (2d wk). Solid $12,000 
after new house record at present 
policy lasl week at boff $17,600. 

Music Box (H-E) . (850; 45-80)- - 
"Guest in House" (UA). Moveovei 1 . 
Fair $5,500 in 8 days.. Last week. 
4th of "Thin Man Homo'' (M-G). 
and "Blonde Fever" (M-G), $6,000. 

Music Hall (H-E) (2,200: 45-80 1 — 
"St. Louis'" < M-G i. Day-date with 
Firth Ave. Bright $14,000 or near: 
Last week. "Guest in House" (UA) 



Globe (Brandt) (1,416; 60-S1.20)— 
'^ Caballeros" (Disney-RKO) (7lh 
wk). Nice $17,000 after robust $19,- 
500 on sixth frame. Holds. 

Gotham (Brandt) (900; 60-$1.20)— 
"Mr. Emmanuel" (UA)- (10th wk). 
Okay $7,500 after ninth week's good 
S8.500. Stays for 12 weeks. 

Hollywood (WB) (499; 50-$1.20>— 
•Roughly Speaking" (WB) (7th wk). 
Ended sixth canto last night (Tuc.O 
at $14,000. fifth week good $17,000. 

Palace (RKO) (1,700: 60-$1.10)— 
"Murder, My Sweet" (RKO). House 
is cashing in on melodramas after 
the definite click of "Woman in 
Window" (RKO). Heading for. fancy 
430.000 . on opening session while 
'"Window" hit $21,000 on its sixth 
stanza. Spot is feeling curfew on 
-Saturday-- nlgtils. 

-raraaiMMit (Par) (3.004: 60-.Sl.20i 
— "Bring on Girls" (Par) and £.11- 
colorecl stage.*how including Ink 
Spots. Ella Fitzaeiakl.. Cootie Wil- 
liams orch (3d wk). Second session 
ending last (Tues.) night hit rousins 
$65,000 after, a big $80,000 opening 



$23,000 registered in final eight days. 

Roxy (20th) (5,886; CO -$1.20) — 
"Tree Grows" (20th) and stage bill 
headed by Victor Borge and Joan 
Edwards- (3d wk). Excellent combo 
held up to giant $100,000 on second 
week. ending last (Tues:' night after 
smash $107,000 initial frame. Re- 
mains over. - 

State (Loewk) (3.450: 43-$1.10)— 
"Meet Me St. Louis" (MrG) (2d run) 
and Vincent Lopez orch, Sheila, Bar- 
rett. Johnny Burke (.2d wk). On 
holdover looks boffo $35,000, better 
than some first weeks here. First 
session . of this lineup hit terrific 
$40,000. 

Strand (WB) (2,756: 60 -$1.20)— 
"Hotel Berlin" (WB), Carmen Ca- 
yallarb, Peter Loire, on. stage (2d 
wk). Another strong stage - and 
screen layout, with second stanza 
heading for extra, big $53,000 after 
sock $63,000 opening week. Curfew 
hurting. here a bit. 

Victoria (Maurer) (720; 70-$1.20)— 
"Fighting Lady" (20th) (8th wk). 
Goes one .extra ' day beyond seven 
weeks, with filial eight days a tidy 
$13,000. Sixth week was sturdy $15,- 
000. Ciirfew obviously has- cut in 
deeply in the last two \veeks. 
'Thunderhead'' (20th) opens her« 
Thursday (15). 



TREE' RECORD 
45G IN FRISCO 

San Francisco',' Ma¥c'h Mt i3** *^ 
Theatres here are holding up well 
so far. despite the curfew, but unusu- 
ally, strong product obviously is 
helping. Week's standout is "Tree 
Grows in Brooklyn" at the Warfteld, 
where a house record looms. 
Estimates for This Week 
Fox (F-WC) (4.651: 55-85)— "Her* 
Come Waves" (Par) (2d wk). Great 
$26,000. Last week, smash $37,500. 

Paramount (F-WC) (2,646: 5*-85)— 
"Thunderhead" (20th) (2d wk). 
Okay $22,000. Last week, fine $28,000 
WarfleHl (F-WC) (2,056: 60-85)— 
"Tree Grows Brooklyn" (20th ). Big- 
gest opening in house history, with 
record $45,000 likely.' Last week, 
"Lake Placid" (Rep), plus vaude. - 
good $21,000. 

St. Francis (F-WC) (1.400: 55-85)— 
"Be , Seeing You" (UA) (4th wk). 
Excellent $14,000. Last week, about 
same- 
Slate (F-WC) (2.133: 55-85)— "Sign 
of Cross" (Par) (reissue). Big $15,- : 
000. Last week. "Meet Mc in St. 
LouuV. J-M-GJUJUb--i^,'v3l«w:4flJQ(U^.. 

Orpheum (Blumcnfeld) (2,448; 40- 
85)— "Here Comes Co-eds" (U); So- 
so $17,500. Last week, "Song to Re- 
member" (Col) (7th wk), fair $7,000 : 
in 5 days. 

United A Mints (Blumenfeld) (1.207; 
40-85)— "Mr. Emi.^nuel" (UA). Mild 
$11,000. Last week, "Tomorrow 
World" (UA) (4th wk). $10,000. 

Golden Gate (RKO) (2.844; 00-95) 
— "Experiment Perilous" (RKO) plus 
Ted FioritO orch and Pied Pipers. 
Big $30,000. Last week, second week 
"Murder, My Sweet" (RKO), with 
Jan Garber orch (2d wk), strong at 
$26,000. 



'Be Seeing' Tops Balto, 
24G, 'Co-Eds' Forte 12G 

Baltimore. March 13. 
The big ones are attracting coin 
this week but the others are only 
fairish. "I'll Be Seeing . You."., at 
Loew's Century, is extra-solid, and 
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn-' is 
mounting top figures at the New. 
Also strong is "Here Come the Co- 
eds." at Keith's. 

Estimates for This Week 
Century (Loew's-UA) (3.O0O; 20- 
C0)— "Be Seeing You" (UA). Smash 
S24.000. Last week; second of "Mu- 
sic for Millions" (M-G), held well at 



week 

Radio CU> Music .Hall (Rockcfel- 
and "Miss Booby Sock-s" (Col), good | i ers) 15.945; '60-^1.10 > — "Tonight. 
S9.100. ' Evcrv Nifihl" (Coll and stageshow. 

Orpheum (H-E) (2,600: 45-80)— will conclude its .first week tonight 
"Objective Burma" (WB) (2d wk): , Wccl , w ith big S100.000 in pros- I Si} 200 

Kfti f 8 "? 0 ?;!", 5 days aflCl ' - b,g Pcct. Last week. "Song to Remcm- j iiippodrome (Rappaport) (2,240: 
S ( Wn«, ,, „„. , n 9n , | l>er" (Col) and staficshow (6th wki. . 20-74 )-'Belle of Yukon" (RKO) 
Talomar (Stcihn«) (1,3.10. 30-80)1 W0UlVd up highly profitable run at .:- p i us vaude. Fairish $15,000, Last 

remarkably stauch $95,000. j week. "Three Caballeros" (RKO") (2d 

Republic (Brandt) (1.264: 50-S1. 10).] w k 1. dropped to $11,700. 
— "Utah" (Rcpi. Came in Saturday, -Keith's (Schanberger 1 (2,460; 20- 
_ and doing better than recent pic- i oc>— "Here Come Co-eds" (U). 
, r ■„„,.;_.., . p-riiniK"' (p'Krti' Viui ' Ullc!i here... Okay $7,000. or near.. is j Drawing stroni $12,000. Last week, 
■•wi?ft ^ 1 in-' prospect. Last week. "Bit; .-Bn- .-.Ministry of Fear" (Par). $10,300. 

$K. Last" weekend- or '"Bell ; '--.a" . Rep) .2c. . wk », only $3,000. ! Mayfair (Hicks . (980: 25-55 .-"One 
TnlU" (Por) neat S12 000 in 8 davs .' thin. - < : Body ..Too Many (PRC). Average 

RbMeJelt (Sterling) (800 4tw»-- 1 Klallo (Mayer. (594; 40 - 85 $3,500. Lasl week. "Destiny" (U), 
"Have ' Have Not" (WB) (6tn wk ). "Nothing But Trouble" (M-G 1. Low $3,900. 
Good '$"500 after big $5 900 last ! S6.000 and 'way olT from recent first | New 
■ Y ■ . 1 w-pd tc hnr#» - T.:isi week. Crime 



—"Big ShowofI" (Rep), plus stage. 
Great $13,000. Last week,. "3 Rus- 
sian 'Girls" (UA) and slayc, slow 
$8,000. 

Paramount (H-E I (3,039; 45-80 ) 



week. 

Winter Garden (Sterling) (800: 25- 
50)_"Tall in Saddle" (RKO) and 
"Rainbow Island" (Par) (3d run), 
Mild $3,200. L?.st week, "Kismet". 
(M-G) and "Bowery to Broadway" 
(U) (3d run), $3,300. 



. (Mechanic) (1.680; 20-60)— 

weeks here; Last week. "Crime | "Tree Grows Brooklyn" (20lb). Very 
Doctors Courage" (Col), no dice at \ robust $13,000. big for seating here. 
S5.000. curfew ; . hurling this house Lasl week, second of "Hangover 
badly. Square" (20th). only $6,700. 

Rivoli (UArPan (1.092; 60-S1.25' Stanlcv (WB) (3,280; 25-85)— "Ob« 
— "Bcrnadettc" (20ih). Started last jectlve. Burma" (WB) (3d wk). Fair 
Saturday (10). Took a nice $10,700 $8,000 after steady $12,400 last week. 



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critics and public as the hit picture of 1945 . . . 
backed by a pre-selling campaign of ads like 
this... is now doing outstanding business in 
its initial engagements all over the country! 



"The Hit Picture of 19451". . . Drew Pearson -»ui ni.wo* 

"A Must See Picture! " . . ... . jimmy pidiw 

"Exciting - First Rate!" . ...... iir*rty Mogoiin. . 

"Wondrously Warm - Tremendously Gripping!" 

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Top grosses thru ft A/ 



Wednesday, W»rph U> 1945 



Show-Off -Dante Firm $20,000 in Del; 
'Have Huge 37G, *Vktory' Big 32G, 2d 



Detroit, March 13. i 
Dimouts and tent seem to make 
no great difference here as yet. Loop 
houses have been educating the pub- 
lic to come earlier and .has 
helped so far. Only three fresh bills 
Willi the Michigan strong with "To 
Have: and Have Not" and "Jade 
Mask"' the Downtown up there with 
•"The Show Off" and . Magician 
Dante's "Sim Sala Bim" revue on 
stage. Palms-State Is down with 
"American Romance" and "Nothing 

But Trouble." . 

Estimates for This Week 

Adams (Balaban) (1,700; 60-85)— 
"Song to Remember" (Col) and 
'•Leave Blondie" (Col) (4th wki. 
Fine $10,000 after last week's husky 
$12 000 on moveovers from Fox. 

Broadway -Capitol (United Detroit) 
(2 800: 60-85)— "Be Seeing You" 
(UA) (4th wk) and "Tall in Saddle" 
(RKO) (3d wk). Latter moved over 
from Palms-State with former hold- 
ing Okay $13,000. Last week, "Be 
Seeing You" (UA) and "Dangerous 
Passage" (Par) (3d wk), ditto. 

Downtown (Howard Hughes) (2,- 
800: 60-85)— "Big Show-Off" (Rep) 
plus Dante's "Sim Sala Bim" revue 
on stage. Profitable $20,000. Last 
week. "Kid Sister" (PRC) plus Count 
Basic orch on stage, tall $32,500. 

Fox (Fox-Michigan) (5,000: 60-85) 
—'•Winged Victory" (20th) (2d wk). 
Due to put a big $32,000 behind first 
week's wham $45,000. 

Madison (United Detroit) (1,800: 
60-851— "Climax" (U) and "Janie" 
(WB). Back in loop; great $5,800. 
Last week, "Dragon Seed". (M-G), 
$5,400. 

Michigan (United Detroit) (4,000: 
60-85)— "Have, Have Not" (WB) and 
"Jade Mask" (Mono). Huge $37,000. 
Last week, "Dark Waters" (UA) plus 
Woody Herman orch, Guy Kibbee, 
on stage, socko $42,000. 
. . Palms-State (United Detroit) (3,- 
000: -60^85).— "American Romance" 
(M-G) and "Nothing But Trouble." 
"Tall in Saddle" (RKO) and "What 
a Blonde" (RKO) (2d wk), fancy 
$14,000. 

United Artists (United Detroit) 
(2.000; 60-85)— "Meet Me St. Louis" 
(M-G) and "Main St. After Dark" 
(M:G) (6th wk). Keep* showing 
surprise strength at $13,000 after last 
week's brisk $15,000. 

H.O.s Slow Up Mpls. But 
Abbott - CosteDo Sturdy 
$10,000; Tours' Big 15G 

Minneapolis, March 13. 

With holdovers bogging much of 
spotlight, only newcomers are "Prac- 
tically Yours" and "Here Come the 
Co-Eds." Both will finish strongly, 
tormer being helped by anni bally at 
Radio City. 

Estimates for This Week 

Aster (Par-Singer) (000: 15-25)— 
"Kitty O'Day" (Mono) and "Alaska" 
(Mono). Okay $2,000 in 5 days. Last 
week. "Reckless Age" (U> and 
"Clime Doctor's Courage" (Co)>, 
good $2,500 in 6 days. 

Century (P-S) (1,600: 44 -60)— 
"Have. Have Not" (WB) (4th wk). 
Has had highly prosperous run 
Good $5,000. Last week, fine $6,000. 

Gopher (P-S) (1,000; 40)— "House 
of Frankenstein" (U). BofT $5,000. 
Last week. "This Man's Navy" (M 
G). $4,200. 

Lyric (P-S) (1,100; 44-60)— "Hoi 
lywood Canteen" (WB). Moved here 
after 2 weeks at Radio City. Fair 
$4,500. Last week, "Belle of Yukon" 
(RKO). $4,000 on m.o. 

Orpheum (P-S) (2.800; 44 -60)— 
"Here Come Co-Eds" (U). Rated 
one of Abbott and Costello's best 
here. Solid $10,000 or over. Last 
week, "Bowery to Broadway" (U) 
and Glen Gray and Merry Macs, etc 
on stage at 44-70c; big $20,000. 

Radio CHy (P-S.) (4.000: 44-60) — 
.Practically Yours" (Par). Cele 
orating first anni of reopening of 
this theatre under i.ew name. Big 
$15,000. Last week, "Hollywood 
Canteen" (WB) (2d wk). Modest 
$8,000. 

. Slate rp-S). (2.300: 44-60)— "Winged 
Victory." (20th j (2d wk). Traveling, 
last towards trim $9,000 after big 
$13,500 first week. 

Uptown (Par) (1,100: 40-50 
.Meet Me' St. Louis" (M-G). Big 
$5,000. Last week, "Be Seeing You 
(UA). good $3,800. 
World (Par-Steffes) (350; 44-80 > — 

Dead End" (WB) (reissue). Satis- 
factory $2,000. Last week. "Tonight 

r, ve £' N 'B h t" (Col) (3d wk), light 
•1.B00 on m.o. 



Key City Grosses 



Estimated Total Qrou 
This Week . ........ . .$2,891,000 

Based on 23 cities, . 187 thea- 
tres, chie/li/' first runs, (?ictudt»a 
NY.) ; 

Total Gross Same Week 
Last Year .... ; $2,871,400 

(Based o?i 24 cities, 183 theatres) 



'Murder' Robust 
$17,000 in Pitt. 

Pittsburgh, March 13. 
Stanley has only new picture In 
town this week, "Murder, My Sweet," 
and it'll do okay. Couple of hold- 
overs are doing flrie, too, "Tree 
Grows in Brooklyn" being strong on 
second stanza at Harris', following 
ecord-breaking opener. , 
Estimates for This. Week 
Fulton (Shea) (1,700; 40-65)— "Tor- 
id Zone" (WB) (2d wk). Reissue 
rated four-day h.o-. In abbreviated 
second week should do close to $3,500, 
oke. Last week, fancy $7,000. 

Harris (Harris) (2,200; 40-85)— 
Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (20th) (2d 
wk ). Biggest thing house has had at 
regular scale, smash $15;500. Last 
week, terrific $21,400 to break house 
record. 

Penn (Loew's-UA) (3.300; 40-65) — 
Meet Me St. Louis" (M-G) (3d wk). 
Hefty at $16,000. Last week, boffo 
$22,500. 

Rltz (WB) (800: 40-65)— "Woman 
in Window" (RKO).. Moveover after 
single session at Warner and two at 
Stanley.. Tapering off to $2,400 . Last 
week. "Have, Have Not" (WB) (5th 
wk). trim $3,500. 

Senator (Harris) (1,750; 40-65)— 
Tahiti Nights" (Col) and "Crime 
Doctor's Courage" (Col). Just an- 
other one of those weeks at $2,600 or 
near; Last week. "Here Come Co- 
Eds" (U), moveover, good $3,200. . 

Stanley (WB) (3,800; 40-65)— 
'Murder. My Sweet" (RKO). Great 
notices for this and opening day p a. 
of Dick Powell helping to big $17,000. 
Last week. "Practically Yours" 
(Par), $13,500. 

Warner (WB) (2.000: 40-65)— 
"Practically Yours" (Par). Move- 
over. Fair $5,000. Last week. "Wom- 
an in Window" (RKO) (3d wk), 
$5,500. 



Lewis Ups Tatnily' To 
21G, Omaha;<Sudan' 10G 

,»., Omaha, March 13. 

t,„7. £ 8 Family" is being 
boosted by Ted Lewis band to smash 
week at Orpheum. ''Sudan" also 
tm..„ s blg ?t Paramount. Otherwise 
'own is mild. 

n. ?* Um * t< * »or ThU Week 
Or^beom (Trlstates) (3.0Q0; 20-70) 
~ ^ Is Family" (UA) with Ted 



PICTURE GROSSES 



18 



'Powder' Boff $30,000 In 
Mfld W/, ^ouigut' 25G 

Washington. March 13. 

Lana Turner, here in person and 
getting much ballyhoo, is helping 
"Keep Your Powder Dry," her new 
film, to great week at Capitol. 
Estimates for This Week 

Capitol (Loew) (3.434: 44-72)— 
•Keep Powder Dry" (M-G). Boffo 
$30,000 Last week. "Naughty 
Marietta" (M-G) (reissue), plus 
vaude. great $28,500. 

Columbia (Loew) (1.234: 44-72)— 
"Meet Me in St. Louis" < M-G) (2d 
wk). Oke $8,000 after $10,500 in- 
itiator. „ „_ 

Earle (WB) (2,240: 30-90 >— '.'To- 
night Everv Night" (Col) with 
vaude. Average $25,000. Last week. 
"Have, JSaye. Not" ONB) (2d wk). 

^Keith's (RKO) (1,800; 34-66 1— 
"Suspect", (U). Trim $12,000. Last 
week. 'Three Caballeros'' (RKO) 
(3d wk). $10,000. on ■ . 

Metropolitan (WB) (1.800: 30-55) 
—"Have. Have Not" (WB) (2d wk). 
Average $6,500. Last week, fine 
$9,200. „ 

Palace (Loew) (2.778: 44-72)— 
"Music Millions" (M-G ) (2d wk). 
Will gel $16,500, Last week, sock 
$21,500. 



Lewis orch. Sopk $21,000. Last 
week. "Gets Her Man" (U) with 'La 
Vie Parce" unit on stage, slow 
$14,000. 

Brandels (RKO) (1.500; 16-60) — 
"Murder, My Sweet" <RKO> and 
"Eadic Was a Lady" (Col). Smash 
$7 000. big for here. Last week, 
"Having Wonderful Crime" (RKO) 
and "Leave to Blondie" (Col), $6,000. 

Paramount (Tristates) (3.000: 10- 
60)— "Sudan" (U). Opened big, and 
looks torrid $10,000 or near. Last 
week, "Bell Tolls" (Par), only $9,200 
at pop scale return date. 

Omaha (Tristates I (2,000: 16-60 > — 
"Meet Mc St. Louis" (M-G). Second 
week of moveover. Fair $7,500. Last 
week. $8,800 in 6 days. 

State (Goldberg) (865: 35 - 50)— 
"Since Went Away" (Selznick-UA>.. 
Strong $3,400. Last week; "30 Sec- 
onds Tokyo" (M-G), $2,300. 



'Serenade -Basse Hot 
18G in Mfldish Indpls. 

; Indianapolis, March 13. 
Spring showers stopped long 
enough for lopgHpteluxers to get in a 
good weekendpiPt grosses generally 
are off from previous week. "Lake 
Placid Serenade," boosted by stage 
combo of Henry Busse's band and 
Jean Parker, is the hottest thing in 
town. 

Estimates for This Week 

Circle (Katz-Dolle) (2,800; 55-70) 
—"Lake placid Serenade" (Rep) 
with Henry Busse orch. Jean Par- 
ker, on stage. Rousing $18,000. Last 
week, "Murder. My Sweet" (RKO) 
and "Goin' to Town" (RKO), hiodest 
$9,000 at 55c top: 

Indiana (Katz-Dolle) (3,300: 32-55) 
—"Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (20th). 
Strong $15,000. Last week, "Here 
Come Waves" (Par); socko $16,500. 

Keith's (Indie) (1,200; 35 - 65)— 
"Bobby Socks" (Col) and vaude on 
stage. Oke $4,800 in 4 days. Last 
week, "She's a Sweetheart" (Col) 
and Red Foley's "Radio Roundup" 
on stage, $5,500, same time. 

Loew's (Loew's) (2,450; 35-55)— 
"Tonight, Every Night" (Col). Dis- 
appointing $10,000. Last week, "Lost 
in Harem" (M-G) and "Strange Af- 
fair" (Col), thin $9,600. 
...f y'e (Katz-Dolle) (1,600; 32-55)— 
'Here Come Waves" (Par). Dandy 
$6,000 on m.o. Last week, "Fighting 
L „ a dy" (20th) and "Sunday Dinner 
(20th), big $4,800 in 5 days, also m.o. 

■ Co-Eds'-Vaode Staunch 
$28,000 in Okay Boston; 
Thnnderhead' Med. 23G 

„ , Boston. March 13. 

Holdover and reissues are gener- 
ally keeping takes down somewhat 
this week, only new bills being 
"Thunderhead," nice at the Memorial, 
and "Here Come the Co-Eds," plus 
stage show, at the RKO Boston. Cur- 
few still held no particular nuisance 
Estimates for This Week 

Boston (RKO) (3,200; 50-$1.10)— 
"Here Come Co-Eds" (U) and Mar- 
tha Tilton. Dave Apollon. on stage. 
Abbott and Costello film mainly re- 
sponsible for .staunch. $28,000 here. 
Last week, "Destiny" (RKO) plus 
Patsy Kelly. Barry Wood, others, on 
stage. $29,000. - 

Fenway (M-P) (1.373; 40-74)— 
"Have. Have Not" (WB) and "Jade 
Mask" (Mono). Moved in from Met. 
and looks lively $8,300. Last week. 
"Carroll Vanities" (Rep) and "3 Is 
Family" (UA). $6,900. 

Majestic (Shubert) (1.500: 40-74)— 
"Caballeros"' tRKO) (3d wk). Still 
sturdy $8,000 after okay $11,000 
second. 

Memorial (RKO) (2,900; 40-75)— 
■'Thunderhead - ' (20th) and "Hi. Beau- 
tiful" (U). Medium $23,000. Last 
week. "Suspect" (U) and "Night Club 
Girl" (U), $21,000. 

Metropolitan (M-P) (4.367: 40-74) 
—"Bell Tolls" (Par). Film on pop- 
scale run- looks great $25,000. Last: 
week. "Have. Have Not" (WBV and 
"Jade Mask" (Mono) (2d wk). 26.000. 

Orpheom (Loew) (2.900: .35-74)— 
"Meet Me St, Louis" (M-G) (3d wk). 
Tapering off. but still hefty at $22,000 
after $27,800 second. 

Paramount (M-P) (1.700: 40-74) — 
Have. Have Not" (WB) and "Jade 
Mask" (Mono). Very big $17,000 here 
despite two big weeks at nearby Met 
in last fortnight. Lasllweek. "Car- 
roll Vanities" (Rep) anl "l Is Fami- 
ly" (UA).. $15,000. \r 

Stale (Loew) (3.200: 35-74)— "Meet 
Me St. Loui.*" (M-G) . (3d wk). Still 
good at $12,000. Last week, great 
$17,000. ' 

Translux (Translux) (900: 30-74)— 
"9 Lives Not Enough" (WBV and 
"Torrid Zone" (WB) (reissues). Okay 
$5 000 Last week, "Bluebeard" 
(PRO and "Castle of Crimes" (PRC) 
(2d wk). $4,000. 

<Borma 7 Fme $17,000 In 
St. Louis; 'Waters' 15G 

St. Louis. March 13. 

"Objective Burma" looks leader 
this week at the Fox with "Dark 
Waters" at Ambassador runnerup. 
Estimates for This Week 

Loew's (Loew) (3.172: 40-60)— 
"Guest .'in House" (UA) and "Noth- 
ing But Trouble" (M-G i. Average 
$14,000. Last week. "Music Millions' 
(M-G) (2d Wk). trim $15,000, 

Orpheum (Loew) (2.000: 40-60) — 
"Music Millions" (M-G). Good $7.- 
5C0. Last week. "Thin Man to 
Town" (M-G) and "Leave to Blon- 
die" (Col) (2d wk>. $5,000. 

Ambaifador (FA- Mi (3.000: .50-60) 
"Dark Waters" (UA) and "Strange 
Affair" (CoD. Okay $15,000. Last 
week. "Practically Yours" (Par) and 
"Double Exposure" (Par), big $17.- 
500. „, 

Fox (F&Mi (5.000: 50-60)— Ob- 
jective Burma" (WB) and "Destiny" 
(U>. Fine $17,000. Last week, "Here 
Come Co-Eds" (U.) and "Nite Club 
Girl" (U). $11,600. 

Missouri (FAtM) (3,500: 50-60) — 
"The Suspect" (U) and "Un^er 
Western Skies" (Ui. Fancy $7,500. 
Last week, "Murder. . My Sweet" 
(RKO) and "Sunday Dinner" (20th), 
$8,000. 



LA. Near Normal; Hotel' Terrif 65G 
In 3 Spots, 'Music Smart SZ 1 /^ Ditto, 
Tall' Fair 34G in 4, Tree' Great 49G, 2d 



Broadway Grosses 



Estimatett Total Gross 
This Week. $656,700 

(Based on 16. theatrei) 
Total Gross Same Week 
Last Tear. . . : $599,000 

(Based on 14 theatres^ . 



"BURMA LUSTY 
24G1N GLEVE 



Cleveland, March 13. 

With a couple of exceptions biz is 
definitely off this week. "Objective 
Burma,'' Hipp, is bucking the trend 
for a big session. . 

Estimates for This Week 

AHen (RKO) (3.000: 44-65)— "Belle 
of Yukon" (RKO) (m.o). Oke $6,- 
000. Last week. "Keys Kingdom" 
(20th), smart $8,000; also m.o. 

Hipp (Warners) (3.700; 44-65)— 
"Objective Burma" (WB). Torrid 
$24,000. Last week, "Belle of Yukon". 
(RKO), $14,500. 

Lake (Warners) (800: 44-65)— 
"Keys of Kingdom" (20th) (m.o.). 
Fine $3,000 on third stanza down- 
town. Last week, "Experiment Per- 
ilous" (RKO) (m.o.), $2,500. 

Ohio (Loew's) (1,200; 44-65)— "Mu- 
sic for Millions" (M-G). Grand'$7,- 
000 on m.o. Last week. "Be Seeing 
You" (UA) (4th wk), $6,300. 

Palace (RKO)' (3,700; 55-95)— 
"Crime Doctor's Courage" (Col) plus 
Cab Calloway orch on stage. Fairly 
good $22,500. with ho help from 
screen. Last week, "Falcon in Hol- 
lywood" (RKO). with Spike Jones 
orch on stage, sizzling $33,000, highest 
Jones ever rang up here. 

State (Loew's) (3.450: 44-65)— 
"Here Come Waves" (Par) (2d wk). 
Rolling up nice $15,000. after hand- 
some $21,500 last week. 

Stillraan (Loew's). 2.700: 44-85)— 
"Hearts Young. Gay" (Par). Sleeper 
surprising at $13,000. . Last week. 
"Music Millions" (M-G) (m.o.), big 
$10,500. . 

Cincy Up After iW; 
'KwW Fancy 17G, 
,l«an's Na?y' Boffo 11G 

Cincinnati. March 13. 

New entries at four spots, an ex- 
tra supply for Cincy, and a good 
weather break in the first half, are 
helping downtown trade to a nice 
recovery in wake of a severe Ohio 
river flood. Current fronter is 
"Roughly Speaking." trailed by 
"Thunderhead." Holdovers are vel- 
vety bein" topped by "Tree Crows 
in • Brooklyn," which kicked off 
smash in face of flood. 

Estimates for This Week 

Albee- (RKO) (3.100: 44-70)— 
"Roughly Speaking" (WB) 

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Stout- 

$17 000. Last week, ."Tree Grows In 
Brooklyn" (20th). sensational $22.- 
500 in face of Clncy's fourth worst 
flood. First click film to lose big 
Saturday night late show . biz via 
! curfew. 

I Capitol (RKO) (2,000: 44 - 70)— 
"Tree in Brooklyn" (20th) (m.o.). 
Sock $12,000. Holds. Last Week. 
"Be Seeing You" (UA). second sesh 
of m.o.. neat $8,500. 

Family (RKO) (1,000; 30-40)— 
"Polo Joe" (WB) and ''Brother Rat" 
(WB) split with '-.Gangster. ..Talks" 
(Ind) and "Prison Train" (Ind) (re- 
issues ). Par $2,800. Same last week 
for "Destiny" (U) and "Lucky 
Night" <U) divided with "Painted 
Desert" (RKO)-and "Primrose Path" 
(RKO). 

Grand (RKO) (1,430: 44- 70.) — 
"This Man's Navy" (M-G). Hefty 
$11,000. Last week. "Three Cabal- 
leros" (RKO) (2d wk). okay $6,000. 

Keith's (United) (1.500; 44-70)— 
"Main St. After. Dark" (M-G) and 
"Blonde Fever" (M-G). No dice at 
$4,500. Last week. "Objective Bur- 
ma" (WB) (2d run), good $6,030.'.: 

Lyric (RKO) (1.400: 44 - 70) — 
"Murder, My Sweet" (RKO) (m.o.).. 
Dandy $6,000. Last week. "Here 
Come Co-Eds" (U> (2d run ). $5,000. 

Palace (RKO) (2,600; 44 -70)— 
"Thunderhead" (20th). All right 
$12,000. Last week. "Murder. My 
Sweet" (RKO). hypoed opening, day 
by p.a. of Dick Powell, fancy $14,000. 

Shubert (RKOl 12,100; 44 - 70)-^ 
"Meet Me St. Louis" (M-G i. Third 
week of m.o. Sturdy $3,000 after 
last week's big $6,800. 



Los Angeles, March 13. 
First runs are. hitting a normal 
stride this week with three new bills 
helping to swell the overall total. 
Curfew appears not to be having a 
too severe effect excepting in the- 
atres with former ' all-night opera- 
tion. Leading firstrUn is "Hotel Ber- 
lin," which is heading for a sock 
$65,000 or over in three theatres: 
"Music for Millions," at three Metro 
showcases, looks profitable '$52,500 
but below opening average. 

However, third newcomer, "Tall in 
Saddle," will catch only mild $33,500 
in four spots. Of the holdovers, "A 
Song to Remember", and "Tree Grows- 
In Brooklyn," both are displaying 
strength with former doing big $36.- 
000 in two houses, third frame. 
"Tree" will hit a great' $49,000 or 
close on second week in three spots. 
It went only six days at Chinese, . 
house closing Thursday (15) for 
Academy Awards. Both stay over. 
"Here Come Waves" still Is stout at 
$22,500 in fifth frame, two houses. 
Estimates for This Week 
Carthay Circle (F-WC) (1,518: 50- 
$1)— "Tall in Saddle" (RKO) and 
'Lucky Knight" (U). Fair $5,000. 
Last week, "Thunderhead" (20th) . 
and "Circumstantial Evidence" (20th) 
(6 days), good $5,700. 

Chinese (Grauman-WC) (2,048: 50- 
$1) — "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" 
(20th) (2d wk). Big $13,000 in 6 days. 
Last week, to all-time., non-holiday 
record at $22,300. 
Downtown (WB) (1.800; 50-$D— . 
Hotel BerUn" (WB). Robust $26,000. 
Last week, "Objective Burma" (WB) 
(3d wk). stout $14,900. 

Egyptian (F-WC) (1,538: 50-S1)— 
"Music for Millions" (M-G). Okay 
$15,000. Last week. "National Vel- 
vet" (M-G> (4th wk), closed at $6,- 
900. 

Four Star (UA-WC) (W0; 50-$l)— . 
"Tonight, Every Night" (Col) (4th 
wk) and "Grissl/s Millions" (Rep) 
(2d wk). Down to $2,800. .Last week, 
okay $3,300. 

Guild (F-WC) (968; 50-SD— "Tall 
in Saddle" (RKO) and "Lucky Nisht" 
(U). Fairish $7,500. Last week. "To- 
night. Every Night" (Col) (3d wk)- 
and "Grissly's Millions" (Rep) (1st 
wk), only $3,900. -. ■ 

Hawaii (G&S) (1.100: 50-$D— 
"When Lights Go On" (PRC) and 
"Great Mike" (PRO (2d wk). Slow 
$3,500. Last week, light $5,200. 

Hollywood (WB) (2.75C: 50-1.00) 
"Hotel Berlin" (WB). Hefty $21,500. 
Last week. "Objective Burma" 
(WB) (3d wk), $8,500. 

Los Angeles (D'town-WC) (2.097: 
50-1.03) — "Music for Millions- 
( M-G ). Good $25,000. Last week, 
"National Velvet" (M-G) (4th wk). 
flnaled with $12,300. curfew nicking 
final week. 

Orpbeam (D'town) (i200: 65-85) 
—"Lights Old Santa Fe" (Rep) with 
Jack. Teagarden' orch. Mildred 
Bailey, on stage. Mild $21,500. 
Last week. "This Is My Affair 
(UA) (reissue) with vaude on stage, 
fair $19^00. 

Pantoces (Pan) (2312; 50-1.00)— 
"Song to Remember" (Col) (3d 
wk) and "Guy, Gal" (Col) (4 days). 
Rousing $17,000. Last week, with 
"Under Western Skies" (U) (4 days), 
handsome $22,100. 

Paramount (F&M) (3.389: 50-1.00). 
—"Here Come Waves" (Par) and 
"Dangerous Passage" (Par) (5lh 
wk). Closing at $14,000. Last week, 

nice $16,700. 

Paramount Hollywood (F&M) 
(1.451; 50-1.00) — "Here Come 
Waves" (Par) (5th wk). Nice 
$8,500. Last week, hefty $10,100. 

RKO Hlllstreet (RKO) (2.890; 
60-80)— "Song to Remember" (Col) 
(3d wk) and "Guy, Gal, Pal" (Col) 
(4 days). Steady $19,000. • Last 
week, with "Under Western Skies" 
(U> (4 days), big $23,800. 

Rltz (FWC) (1.370: 50-1.00)— 
"Music for Millions" (M-G). Aver- 
age $12,500. Last week. "National 
Velvet" (M-G) (4th wk), closed at 
$6,000. 

State (LoeWs-WC) (2,404: 50-1.00) ' 
—"Tree in Brooklyn" (20th) (2d . 
wk). Still socko at $25,500. Last 
week, above hopes to boffo $31,700 
and might have gone $6,000 higher 
with all-night shows. 

United Artists (UA-WC i (2.100; 
50-1.00)— "Tall, in Saddle" (RKO) 
and "Lucky Night" (U). Good 
$14,000. Last week. "Toniaht. Every 
Night" (Col) (3d wk) and "Griss- 
ly's Millions" (Rep) (1st wki'.. only 
$7,800. 

Uptown (FWC) (1,790; 50-1.00)— 
"Tree in Brooklyn" (20th) (2d wk). 
Great $10,500. Last week, all-time 
record at $15500. 

Wltshlre (FWC) (2,296; 50-1.00) — 
"Tall in Saddle" (RKO) and "Lucky 
Night" (U). Modest $7,500. Last 
week. "Tonight Every Night" (Col) 
(3d wk) and •"Grissly's Million's'* 
(Rep) (1st wk), low $3,800. 

WIHern (WB) (2400: 50-1.00)— 
"Hotel Berlin" (WB). Bright 
$17,300. Iiast week, "Objective 
Burma" (WB> (2d wk), $6,200, 



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FILM REVIEWS 



Wednesday, Martk 14, 1945 



Murder, My Sweet 

FKO rvlenaa of Adrian. Scult production 

tRI.I llonell, 
)li-k I'ihvi'II, ilnlre Trevor, jimra » 
fraiuiw "I lo Kroner. Mlko JlMUrkl, 

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etecuilvi, producer). Ulnra 
Irk I'liwrll, I'lnliv Trevor, Anne 8hh-l«y 
j Kroner. Mlko Jlaaurkl, - 
jlftinli r. DoiiKlua Wullon. Don Dou»ln». Dl- 
rtd.il in- Hdvnrd Dmytryk. Screenplay. 
John imuuii: IjihoiI (in noiel by Raymond 
" Chmullri ■: .-ninei-a. Hurry J. "»»! ' I" 01 '' 
Joseph Xnriesn : micclnl cfteel*. } anion 
Walker. -M I'nlnre. N- V., owning March 
8, niinnliiir lime. 



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03 MINK. 

..Dick Powell. 

Clnlre Trevor 

, Anne Wilrh?y 

Otlo KrUKOr 

...... .Mike Mnxurki 

,. Ml Ion Marnier 

, Douulan .Walton 

. .Don DcmRln» 

nulf HurnliU" 

icmher Howard 



$8,000,000 bucks. Now here s the 
problerii— lie's got to spend »1,000,000 
in two months, under the provisions 
of the will, or lose the entire estate. 
Even with the help of a flop musical 
show, a bankrupt banker, the stock 
market, the racetrack and a spending 
society gal he has trouble, "Millions 
is a broad farce, of course, and gets 
over as such. 

Small has provided adequate sce- 
nic backgrounds and a satisfactory 



cost. 



Mori. 



Ilah 

(MUSICAL) 

'Hrinilillr Vfli-BW at : J)onald II, Winwii i>ro- 



"Murder. My Sweet," a taut thriller 
about a private detective enmeshed 
■with a gang of blackmailers. 14 as 
smart as it is gripping. Ace direction 
and fine camerawork combine witn 

Jneat story and top performances, 
t should pay off plenty. 
Plot ramifications may not stand 
tip under clinical study, but suspense 
Is built up sharply and quickly. In 
tact, the film gets off to so Jet-pro-, 
pulsed a start that It necessarily hits 
a couple of slow stretches midway 
as it settles into uniform groove 
But interest never flags, and the mys- 
tery is never really cleared up until 
the punchy closing. 

Director Edward Dmytryk has 
made few concessions to the social 
amenities and has kept his yarn stark 
and unyielding. Story begins with a . 
private dick hired by an ex-convlct 
lo find his one-time girl friend. Cop- 
per is momentarily sidetracked- by 
another job, to help as bodyguard 
to a heel who is trying to buy back 
a stolen jade necklace from some 
thieves. The job is bungled when the 
heel is killed and the copper himself 
knocked out. Then suddenly both as- 
signments dovetail, as the dick flnds- 
fiimself tailing the crooks again, the 
dame he is seeking being tied up 
■■with the necklace, and the amorous 
cx-con being one of the gang. 

The mystery only gets more In- 
volved, with the dame married to a 
wealthy socialite, playing around on 
the side, becoming entangled with 
the head of the gart6. and seeking the 
copper's help to Fid her of her en- 
oumbrances. The private dick Is fur- 
ther enmeshed with the regular po- 
lice, who step In when a couple of 
. murders are committed, apparently 
suspecting him of the crimes. The 
tangled web neatly disengages Itself 
at the close. 

Tense quality of direction Is 
marked throughout pic. So is the 
camera work, from neat angles and 
trick shots to clever montage effects. 
Neat ' little touches stick out con- 
stantly, and the dialog is hep and 
vough-hewn, 1 as well as haying its 
smart humorous touches. ' 

Performances are oh a par with 
the production. Dick Powell is a sur- 
prise as the hard-boiled copper. The 
portrayal is potent uhd convincing. 
Claire Trevor Is as dramatic as the 
predatory femme, with Anne Shirley 
in sharp contrast as the soft kid 
caught in the crossfire of her father's 
w Mu^no^^nd^^yo^gsteprnotl^r's 

killer, with Otto KrUger in offectiy?^*' 1 
contrast as the oily gang leader. Sup- 
porting bits are no less Anely-chis- 
eled. Bron 



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Xiilan. Sunn at I'lnneere. J>!re<ied by John 
l-lnt'llnh. ' Kriveiiuliiy. JnVk .Tp\viil-y mid 
John Iv.- 'duller rrnm mory by lllllierl Wrlaht 
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.Hrndfi'ml: liiurlc. Murinn Scoil': ilancea. 
Larry ri'hiilliin; i-ona*. i-liui-leii Hend*-iwon. 
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Inii.v Ulvvi'ii'il by ,\|iik N'oHKU'k. ' Hfreon- 
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Hub Nolim rtiid Hiiim of Ploneom 

A good western. Production is 
smooth, music pleasing, girls nice to 
look at. Roy Rogers and his Intelli- 
gent horse turn in the kind of easlly- 
llowing performance expected from 
theni. and Gabby Hayes is as natural 
as springwater. in his role. ' 

Story centers about a Utah ranch 
heiress who's in a. musical show in 
Chicago. Show is ready for opening 
when producers run out of money, 
Gul (Dale EvansO heads west to the 
ranch she owns but had never seen, 
to sell it and raise money for financ- 
ing the show. ; That's where Rogers 
and Hayes come m. the one as the 
ranch foreman who wants to prevent 
the ranch going out of the family's 
hands fOr sound business reasons as 
well as because of sentiment; the 
other as the crotchety old neighbor 
who just hates women and is afraid 
that sheep would violate the range 
f the acres were sold. 

Situations, too, are slock. But 
everythmg Is handled with utmost 
smoothness. Singing is good, Bob 
Nolan and Sons of Pioneers turning 
in some fine ensemble work at limes. 
Nolan's highlight number, "Five 
Little Miles, may catch on. 



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. . . Hiirbara Pepper 
. . . .Joseph Ureliini 



Latest version of this hardy per- 
ennial stage farce (also a novel),; 
filmed twice previously, once by a 
U. S. and later a British producer, 
should get by nicely in. the duals. 
Based on apparently modest, though 
by no means skimpy budget, it looks- 
like profitable biz, particularly in the 
subsequents, 

. Play, first produced some 38 years 
ago. remains somewhat dated de- 
spite efforts to refurbish background 
in this screen adaptation' through in- 
troduction of wartime atmosphere. 
Slow, deliberate opening is. a draw- 
back. Once motivation has been es- 
tablished, however, yarn moves along 
at a fast clip with one climax top- 
ping another. 

Dennis O'Keefe, Rochester, Gail 
Patrick and Mischa Auer are in for 
sturdy individual performances, with 
O'Keefe particularly carrying' the 
ball neatly as the returned doughboy 
who inherits the millions. Helen 
. Walker, a looker and a comer, pho- 
tographs well. 

Story is, of course, familiar. It's a 
•problem play. The young, handsome 
soldier returns home, to a .swell girl 
waiting to marry him. He's appar- 
ently in good condition, ready to 
tnjoy life. He finds he's inherited 



Columbia's misnamed comedy Is 
mild B-budgeter about a score of 
juve songwriters trying to crash Tin 
Pun Alley. Story and situations are 
as juvenile, as the personalities in 
volved, but just as harmless and un 
offending. Pleasant songs, a lew 
strands of simple humor, and youth 
ful enthusiasm help make the pi 
passable dual fare. 

Story concerns group of youngsters 
from the hinterland who've been 
bilked by a New York phoney out 
of $50 apiece on promise to publish 
and exploit their songs. Kids gather 
In New. York and decide to promote 
their songs themselves, getting the 
nets, bandleaders and recording sta- 
tions to plug their tunes. When they 
get GI bands to play their tunes, so 
attracting the professionals, the kldi 
arc made. Title comes in' at end 
when kidB pair off romantically. 

Plot is excuse for Columbia to 
show off talents of some Of its aspir 
ing youngsters, in ' Jackie Moran's 
crooning, June Preisser's singing and 
dancing. Mel Torme'a clowning and 
Jimniy Lloyd's mimicry; Arnold 
Stang'is also in for comedy and Vat 
Parrish for glamour. Torme also con- 
tributes three of the tunes, "Tan^a 
Babcle," "Sioux Falls, S. D„" . and 
"Baby ■ Boogie." Sklnnay Ennts is 
okay in . brief speaking role, while 
leading liis band through' deft accom 
pahiment to the singers. Bron'. 

Joan Leslie New 'Janie' 

Hollywood, March 13. 

Warners assigned Joan Leslie as 
the new title . roler in the "Janie" 
series, to succeed Joyce Reynolds, 
who retired lo married life after 
originating the character on the 
screen: Next of the series is "Janie 
Gets' Married," starting March IS. 

Studio was going to abandon the 
series after Miss Reynolds' retire- 
ment but changed its mind as a re? 
suit of urging by exhibitors through- 
out the country. 



Miniature Reviews 

"Murder, My Sweet" iRKO). 
Taut thriller with Dick Powell- 
Claire Trevor; a boxofflce cinch. 

"Brewster's Millions" >UA). 
comedy should get by nicely in 
the duals. 

"Utah" i Musical ). ( Rep) . . A 
good western. . 

■Xat's Go Steady" (Songs), 
(CoD- Mild juve-songwritcr yarn, 
okay, for duals. ■ ' 

"bllllnger" iMOno). Melodra- 
matic biog of gangland killer. 
For duals, with no names a re- 
tarding b.o. factor. , 

"The Randolph Family" < Eng- 
lish). Mild drama of family, 
manners; diialler. 

"El Rcbelde" (Songs) . iMex). 
Jorge Negrete in a good drama 
with songs. English titles. 



Dllllngeur 



Mnhrll II. - I5. Tlml. 

. . . . . i . lOdinumV Lotve 

: Anne JeftTreyn 

.-. . laiwrenvu Tlerney' 
, . . bMunrdo ('liinnelll 

Muiv T.nwrence 

ICIInhu I'ook. Jr. 

........ Iliilph r-«wlK 

IiUdwIg Blonatl 

Klue Jnnnnen 

, ,'lluKh Prnnner 

Dewey Rnblnion 

. ,, llob Perry 

Kid Chlnol 

Illlly Ne|»nn 

. .I.re (l.aHneH) While 
....... .r^iu I.ubln 



starkly for all to see, and a grand 
bustup of the party Is hinted. But 
one is sure It will not really Ttappen. 
It doesn't. fi 

Lovely Margaret Lockwood, excel- 
lent in her role as a sort of family 
companion, secretary and confidante; 
manages the obstreperous,, successful 
playwright-son; a couple of daughters 
rise to compromise; even the wolfish 
dtiughter-in-iaw learns to love peo- 
ple, and all ends happily. The play- 
wright declares his love for the 
pretty, family major domo (Miss 
Locfcwood) and all is serene. 

Michael Wilding's role as the playr 
wrlght simply doesn't come off, and 
the fault is apparently with both 
script and actor. Roland Culver is 
much better as the village bandmas- 
ter who also loves the lovely gal. 
And the aged couple, done by Helen 
Haye 'and Frederick Leister, are 
amiable enough in their ports.' In 
fact, it's all just too amiable. 

A ma r ga Verdad 

("Bitter Truth") 
(CHILEAN-MADE) 

Santiago, March 1. 

Kealui'OH < Uirloi I lorw, Maria. ToreKa 
HquMlu, tliifaldt Tlnolll, Heinfin Chhiio 
Ollvelru. l'Uielilo Martin. fn»» Yunko. HI- 
vlni Qul>-o»rn. Uli-enttd by Carlos nomiiique. 
Hi'inenplay; llorconque mid Deinlidieil. At 
Temro Reul. Sanllngo de Chile, lluiinlnic 
llliic, .18 MIN8. 



The hectic career of John Dlllinger, 
who a dozen years, ago terrorized the 
midwest with his spectacular bank 
holdups, has rather .belatedly been 
brought to the screen by the inde- 
>endcut producing outfit of {he King 
3ros. With a no-name cast, "Dlll- 
inger." is doubtful boxoffice though 
its obvious modest budget shouldn't 
be difficult to recoup on the duals. 
[Film, incidentally, has been banned 
in Chicago.] 

Somehow, the pic smacks of the 
same intensity imparled to gangland 
pictures of .the '30s, when such films 
seemed . the boxoffice rage. But in 
1945 "Dlllinger," as most such pix, 
seems passe. 

Dillinger's career' Is traced from 
what was presumablyTiis .first hold- 
up— which netted him $7.20— through 
his many, bank: holdups, and finally 
to his end, when "the lady In red" 
became the finger-pointer for the G- 
rrien in the now-famed episode' in 
which he was shot down while exit- 
ing' from a Chicago theatre. 

Lawrence Tlerney, as Dillinger. is 
a likely prospect with belter roles, 
while Anne Jeffreys is another new- 
comer who docs little. more than look 
decorative as the gal who ultimately 
is responsible for gang-leader's 
death. ' Edmund Lowe has a com 
parativcly inconspicuous part as the 
gang chief whom Dillinger succeeds 



. . . . *i>imm < 

script, by Phil Yordan — who,, inci 
dentally.- wrote "Anna Lucnsta;!' cur 
rent Broadway stage hit — is only as 
good as the subject permitted. Which 
means that Dillinger at this late date 
was hardly worth the try. KaJm. 

Th« Randolph Family 

-KiikIIhIi 1'IIiiih release of Paul SoHkln 
(Miturlre ilHirer) imiduellon. 1'enlureH .\hir- 
h'aiel l.iHkivolid and Mlchai'l WllillnK. OI- 
reeli-.l hy Haloid French. Srievnphiy. 11. J 
Miniii-y and I'm Kerwan. frnin IXIier .Mc- 
I'rarki'h adtiplallon of Dodln Kmllh'H piny 
"Oear O'-liiliim" ; i-auieia. Arlhllr I'rablree 
editor. MIi IiupI Clnirllon. Al l.lllle iViiihuIii 
ihenlie. N. V.. week of .Marrh 'IS, '-l.'i 
Itunnlnc lime. 1H MINM. 

penny I'enion MaiKuroi T.iirku'oud 

Mli holiiH llandnlph ..MMiael WlldliiK 

''ynilila .I'ellu Johnson 



This js the second production of 
Andres Salas Edwards, made in stu- 
dios of Chile Films, and comes close 
to high standards set by top Mexican 
and Argentine pix. First showing to 
public drew Spontaneous and enthus- 
iastic applause. Looks big for Span- 
ish-language houses and all- Latin- 
America. ' 

Story deals with the growth of 
two boys, born the same, night; one 
to a rich property owner and other 
to one of the servants, Servant per- 
suades his friend to change children to 
insure a worry-free, life for her. own: 
baby. Property owner, who is epir 
leptlc, enters private nursing home 
on day son is born, and swapped 
infants are brought up together— as 
far as strict social barriers permit. 
Servant's son, who hat been educated 
for medical profession by unknowing 
wife, of property owner,, meets and 
falls in love with daughter of doctor 
who attended birth, and who knows 
of epilepsy in family. His pseudo- 
mother's cold reception makes him 
realize that something Is. wrong, and 
he discovers fact of epilepsy. Scien- 
tific examination of his blood reveals 
to him that he is not epileptic, so he 
jumps to conclusion that he ^illeg- 
itimate son of lady he thinks is his 
mother and her former sweetheart, 
who has remained friendly to family 
throughout. Real situation is eventu- 
ally disclosed by servant-mother to 
boys, who decide to leave things as 
they are for sake of property owner s 
wife and lovers, the boy who has in 
heritcd epilepsy leaving for pails un 
known. 

Somewhat confusing nature of 
story is offset by: skill of director 
Carlos Borcosque (a Chilean with 

^^gernTlTu^'Srpi^u n 
using all the technical knowledge fie 
has acquired In his varied career. 
Photography and sound work 'are ex- 
cellent, especially use of half tones 
to create atmosphere for the tragic 
theme, and comic relief Is tastefully 
employed. Carlos Cores, star of the 
pic, Is handsome Argentine juve with 
ingratiating personality, and Maria 
Teresa Squella, young Chilean ac- 
tress who makes first film appear- 
ance fn this opus, has what It takes. 
The work of Rodolfo Onelto, Mafaldi 
Tinclli, Elvira Qulroga and Hernan 
Castro Ollvelra has fine quality. 

Ru«s. 



Kellx Ma n in ..... , 
Dora Kandollib. , . . 

Ilelle.... 

-t'lrnr'M \vir"e ; . 

Kennel b 

I 'hill I, -n llilmlolpli. 

Kdnii 

Hilda., ;, 

Marjorle 

Mr*. UloHhup. . . ; .. 

Sump 

Mill .; 

Joe 

(loriru'lv ; . .' 

Conk 

Nannie/. 

Flora. 

Mr. (IlotfiNiii.-. ..; .. 
Deldi-e......... .... 

Buuln'u.. 

t.-hhliffPur,..,.,.... 
Vlem-.-. .;. . .-. , ! 



Ilolund Culver 

........ Helen Haye 

Athene Neyler 

loan L'ade|l 

...... KiihII nudfmd 

. ... 1'rederli'k rainier 

. . . .Xtiro Swinburne 

..Anliilnelle Collier 
— Mudxe Connilnn 
.Iviiihleen HuitIkoii 

Ahn KtephenM 

. . . .-Derek T^inHluux 
... .Allalnlr Klewart 

.Ivvolyn Hull 

..... .Muriel lleoriie 

'.'.,.. A nnlo KHinond 
..'..... .Irene Ifandl 

t...-,Ai'ilnir ]>en(on 
....Famela Wealern 

.'. , . . . Al lle Anil 

.;.,OiHiiiniiMii(ruu 

.Henry Morrell 



Sharp Cut 

s Continued from page J . ^ 

ly, unless special priority is granted 
by the U. S. Government. 

Should Rank be unable to get 
sufficient raw film, deal for seven 
films to be distributed via United 
Artists would obviously be sharply 
limited. 

United Artists, as a dlstrib selling 
only Independent product, would hot 
have any raw film allocation's to 
hand out, and all Indies currently re- 
leasing through UA would deal di- 
rectly with the WPB on raw film: 

In event thai the 1941 base year is 
employed to decide on raw Aim allo- 
cations for Independents a producer 
like Gold wyn, who made only one 
film In 1041, would be entitled to 
around 9,000,000 fe-et of film through 
WPB allocation. He currently uses 
some 12,000.000 feet. . 

Some Industry execs advance the- 
ory that the 12th pool of raw stock 
which has. been discussed as a possi- 
bility, would be supplied partially 
with stock to be taken from major 
distrlbs and the balance consisting of 
a raw stock allocation based On the . 
amount of footage used by various 
independents. In 1041. Thus, a pro- 
ducer such as Goldwyn would be 
allocated say 3,000,000 feet of film 
plus a further allocation from his 
distributor. 

Distrlbs who have no independ- 
ent producers, however, oppose con- 
tribution to a 12th pool while others 
question volume to, bo demanded of 
them. 

Volume of footage to be made 
available to 'independents via the 
12th revolving supply of stock will 
likely be one of the major hurdles.: 



Want Lowdown on Raw Film. 

Hollywood, March 13. 

Real truth regarding America's 
heavy export of raw film stock to 
other nations, for other than mili- 
tary purposes, is about to become 
public as result of demand for facts 
and figures made to War Production 
Board by the . Society of Independ- 
ent Motion Picture Producers. 

Stanley B. Adams, Chief of Dur- 
able Goods Division of WPB, which 
has supervision over raw slock 
rationing, has Informed SlMPP that, 
its appeal has been forwarded to 
William L, Batt, vice-chairman of 
the board. 



A mild drama of family manners 
in a bygone day, this English-made 
pic is a dualler. Even the most hide- 
bound English fan won't get excited 
over this one. American audiences 
will find it too chattery, and while 
it's patently a pre-war theme, dialog, 
such as tourists trJpB to Paris doc'sn t 
rest well in this day and age. 

Story centers about a very amiable, 
aged couple celebrating their golden 
wedding anniversary in their "typ- 
ical, English middle-class" country 
home. (There are a few million 
Englishmen who would dispute the 
typicalncss of a middle-class family 
with at least three or four servants,) 
To the affair come all the children, 
grandchildren, and even the widow 
of the deceased son. Family .hatreds 
and jealousies come to the surface.- 
the . family skeleton is exhibited 



El Rebelde 

("The Rebel") 

(SONGS) 

Anullo relenae nf nana production. Klin* 
•Tnilie NoKrclr; fealureil I'iedi-i'liii pliirin, 
Maria KleiiH M'urqnea. I>lr«cled by .lalina 
Kalvnilor. Hlniy and mreenphiy. Jiiari Miiln- 
qual» and Halvoilor: iniielc, Manuel HHpernn: 
i-anieiii, n. Marline;! Solnren. At Helinonl. 
N". Y.. week of Maroh W, '4B. Iliiiiiilnir 
(line, lit MIN'rt. 

Tha Rebel. . ... ........... .Jorge N'eureie 

Slnirlng Teiii?her. . . . . . . Frederlcn Plnero 

nnin her'a Duueliler. .'Mai-la Rlena Ma'rqi'iea 
AIM) Julio Vllhireal, .\Hauel Angel 'Kerrla. 
P"ellp« .Monloya, Fernando Soto, 



(Jrt Spanish; Englith Titles) 
. A good drama, with four songs ca- 
pably sung by star Jorge Negrete; 
this Mexican film should do OK in 
class U. S. houses since the Spanish 
dialog is embellished with English 
titles. 

■ Yarn relates how a young man 
turns bandit to avenge his father's 
death. He captures the singing 
teacher of the daughter of the man 
who he knows is responsible, taking 
the letter's place,' and* falls in love 
with the daughter. But In -the end 
he must kidnap the girl In order to: 
get her to marry him. 
' Settings and camerawork are espe- 
cially commendable, as . is the Eng- 
lish continuity flashed on the screen. 
These attributes add to the enjoy- 
ment of the drama, which holds in- 
terest because of its Impact, Cast, 
led by Negrete, who is before the 
camera practically during the entire 
Aim, act out their roles as if they 
are enjoying themselves. Songs are 
in . the usual Mexican vein. ~ Sten. 



Rodgers' D. C. Trip 
Willlpm F. Rodgers, y.p. and gen- 
eral sales manager for Metro, is 
due back in N, Y., Monday (10), 
from studio huddleB oh the Coast. 

He left Chicago yesterday (Tiies.) 
and Is due in Washington tomor- 
row (Thurs.) for the industry meet- 
ing with War Production Board 
heads on th e raw film allocations. 

Web Producers 

S Continued from page 1 

as to personnel . movements and 
routes. 

However, everything is hush-hush 
about the entire setup; not for se- 
curity reasons but 'because, as top- 
per told "Variety," "when this story 
gets in print, everybody in radio 
will want to get into the act, and so 
I won't talk about It." 

On the other hand, these facts are 
established. Among producers slated 
to go overseas soon are Bob Shayon 
and William RObson, of CBS, and 
Tony Leader, of NBC. The men 
have been assigned to various spe- 
cific tasks while viewing the foreign 
scene, but' are pledged to secreoy 
as to when, where and, of. course, 
how they are going, Understood 
that they will go oyer in one group, 
but may split up when they arrive 
overseas so as to get around to as 
many different nations as possible. 

Understood, too, that, they'll go 
to the fighting fronts when permis- 
sible and view troops Irt action. They 
will live for some time with the 
people of Europe and elsewhere, 
survey the workings of the Allied 
Military Government, the govern- 
ments of the liberated peoples, the 
handling of the problems facing 
theni in rebuilding their cities, 
school systems and livelihood, polit- 
ical trends, etc. 

Meanwhile, there's a great deal 
that's still In the "Iffy" stage, but 
it's reported that eventually CBS 
may send over Norman Corwln, 
Robert Heller, Robert j; Landry and 
William Fineshrlber. 



H-G'S 'BOY'S RANCH' 

Dallas,. March. 13, 
Metro's film "Boy's Ranch," based 
on the farm operated by members 
of show biz and Variety . Club • of 
Texas near AmarlUo. 



Wednesday, M«rch 14, 1945 • .' P^SSttTt 1T 






P^d Cross Week — March 15-21 
Colfect At Every Show ! 



PSBSIETr 



Wednesday, March 14, 1915 




Inside Stuff-Pictures 



Vagaries of International copyright laws are. due for an a n-ing in the 
conflict between James B. Cassidy and Harry A Gourfain, both of whom 
are Intent on producing a film version of the William H. Hudson novel, 
"Green Mansions." Cassidy announced plans for a Iji2.000.000 production 
of the story about a year ago. claiming screen rights by virturc of pur- 
chase Recently Gourfain announced his intention to dim the book as a 
low-budgeter for release through PRC. He asserts' Caddy's, rights cover 
England and. other countries Where the novel is not in public domain and 
docs not include the United' States and major pbrlions of South and Central | 
America. Cassidy, who has been louring recently with his "Doll s House 
stage troupe, is on his way back to Hollywood to solve the problem, 

Warrant Officer Paul While, formerly with Paramount's homeoffice pub- 
licity department and now a Marine combat photographer, appeared on 
the March of Time radio show on the Blue network Thursdy night. (BV to 
render an account of the invasion of Iwo Jimav Figuring in that action, 
he is the first man to return from the little island and is presently as- 
signed to temporary duty in- Washington. White was flown back from 
Iwo Jima, carrying wilh him motion pictures as well , as still shots. of the 
battle there. 

"Birth of a Star," 40-minute film featuring Danny Kaye. which is re- 
portedly drawing favorable b.o. attention/is a compilation of three Kaye 
iwo-reelers originally released by Educational some five years ago. Ac- 
cording to Bob Savini of Astor Pictures, distributing the film, some 70 
prints of "Star" are so far in use. 

Film, with plenty of Kaye in it, is cashing in on the star's more recent 
prominence in "Up In -Arms'' and publicity concerning his forthcoming 
Samuel Goldwyn production. 



Distribution staff at Warners is putting on an advertising campaign in 
smaller cities throughout the country to offset .the slowdown caused by 
midnight curfew, regulations. Exhibitors have complained that the box- 
office traffic conies to a' halt at 8:30 p.m. because . the customers feel that 
they will not see a complete show after that hour. Company"s campaign 
is to call the customers' .'attention 'to. the fact that they can see a whole 
program if ' they buy tickets as late as 9:15, and in some cases, 9:30. 



0PA B.O. Ceiling? 



— continued from page 1 s 

amounted to approximately 38'i'f. 
or an increase of approximately six- 
lenths of l r 'o in the cost of livin« 
index." 

Bowles further staled there was 
no reason to believe such admis- 
.-ioTf prices will not continue to rise 
unless curbed by Congressional 
action. 

He told Sen. Wagner, that if 
Congress wanted to include the 
amusement industry under. OPA 
regulations his organization would 
be able to handle the processes 
necessary, and that the Internal 
Revenue Bureau, through its tax 
collecting '.and computing depart- 
ments; would be able to supply all- 
the information needed- to set up a 
regulatory code and scale of Ceiling 
prices. . , 

Figures quoted by Bowles on the 
motion picture - theatre admission 
price increases include Federal cxr 
cise taxes, he stated; but 'added that 
about two-thirds of the overall in- 
crease could be traced to amounts 
charged : for straight admissions, 
without taxes. '-',,. 

He said he had no data on trends 
in other branches of the industry but 
that the upward rata was . . prob- 
ably about the same for legit, dance- 
halls and similar enterprises. 



Film Strike in Mexico. Too 



Mexico City, March 13. 

Film tiff, which halted production Feb. 15, has assumed alarming 
proportions here with a threat of a series of sympathetic strikes by 
the Confederation of Mexican Labor, this country's most powerful 
labor organization, CML has asked for the end of differences with 
producers immediately, and demanded that producers who have re- 
fused to work during the strife resume immediate operation. 

Confederations chief, Fidel Velazquez, okayed six sections of the 
National Picture Labor Union forming their own organization. They 
now have their own conflict, four of these sections objecting to the 
other two, including players Cantinflas and Mario Moreno; of trying lo 
dictate to the outfit, an angle which is further holding up production. 

Cantinflas, in a full-page newspaper ad, addressed President Manuel 
Avlla Camacho. denied the chargi by Salvador CrlllO; now out on bail 
awaiting trial for an alleged, assault on Gabriel Flgueroa, head of the 
studio workers and technicians, that Moreno is a fascist. Cantinflas de- 
clared that he Is merely seeking to gel' film players full recognition 
in the hew union .setup. ."' '"'.'■ 



H'wood Union Scrap 



pealed, with a labor board hearing 
slated for some time next week. 



Used car rental business is humming at 20th-Fox, although the studio 
hafl no intention of muscling into that form of commerce when it rounded 
up 40 ancient racing models for the Eddie Rickehbacker picture, "Captain 
Eddie." . Vintage . cars, ranging from 1904 to 1924, were bought outright 
and are no longer needed in the Winfleld Sheehan production. Now they 
are rented out to other studios for . use in period pictures, at $100 to 
$250 per day. 



Ten most popular pix of 1944 with GIs, based on boxoffice reports from 
Army theatres, were (in order named): "Princess and the Pirate" (RKO), 
"30 Seconds Ovw Tokyo" (M-G), "Arsenic and Old Lace" (WB), "Since 
You Went Away" iUA), "To Have and Have Not-' (WB). "Bathing Beauty" 
(M-G), "Going My Way" (Par), "Pin-Up Girl" (20th), "Up In Arms" 
(RKO), "Kismet" (M-G). 



After two years as producer at 20th-Fox, Ernst Lubitsch will resume di- 
rector chores on the same lot next autumn. Currently Lubitsch is produ.c 
ing "Dragonwyck" and. is hustling preliminary work ■■on "Cluny Brown" 
which follows. After that he will take a vacation before directing an 
untitled story on which he is working. His last director chore was 
"Heaven Can Wait" at lOth-Fox two years ago. 



Film star, who played. the wrong hose i in the 1944 Presidential Derby,, is 
still, suffering recurrent attacks of the Election. Blues. Whenever thesp 
meets a new acquaintance he demands, "Who did you. vote for?'' If the 
answer Is on the other side of the political fence, his whole day is ruined 



Continued from page 1 



BOB HOPE TO MC ACAD 
AWARDS SHOW ON AIR 

Hollywood, March 13.. 

■""Bob - Hope -draws a one-hour job 
as radio emcee for the Annual 
A wards, program of the Academy of 
Motion 'Picture Arts' and Sciences to 

, be held March >15 at Graurnan's 
Chinese theatre. Doings will be 
broadcast from 9:30 to 10:30 over 196 
radio stations. 

Seventeenth annual program will 
be a combination of Sim and live 
action, including a .cinemontage 
showing scenes enacted by this year's 
Oscar nominees. Preparation of this 
feature required the work of 40 rep- 
resentatives of the various film 
crafts. Meryyn LeRoy is director of 
the llesh show and Sam Ledner is 
stage manager. ■ 

All seats for the annual Academy 
at Graurnan's Chinese theatre were 
sold out last Saturday, the Academy 
announced yesterday. Bleachers to 
accommodate 2,000 will be erected 
across the. street from the theatre 
for those .wishing to see arrival and 
departure of celebs. 



L 



'Going My Way* 

SS Continued from page 2 52 

best documentary feature-length pic- 
ture, produced by 20th-Fox in con 
junction with the Navy. Runnerup 
should be "Resisting Every Interro 
gation," an Army Air .Forces picture 
not released to the public. "Arturo 
Toscanini" holds, the edge among the 
documentary shorts, a production of 
Motion Picture Bureau, Overseas 
Branch of QWI. shown only in occu- 
pied and liberated countries. . 

Darryl Zanuck will have opposi 
■Hon from Pahdro Berinan and Henry 
Blanke for the Irving Thalberg 
Award. Zanuck personally produced 
"Wilson" "Winged Victory" and 
"Purple Heart." Berman's trio' in 
eludes "Marriage Is a Private Affair,' 
"Dragon Seed" and : "The Seventh 
Cross." Blanke has Ave to his' credit, 
"Old Acquaintance," "My Reputa- 
tion," "Mask of Dimitrios," ".Roughly 
Speaking" and "Constant Nymph." 



61 Blast 

Centinnetf from pat* 1 



sometimes from the Inside, 
out, and they happen to be the sto- 
machs of his own buddies. That's 
not a matter of hyper-acidity, hang- 
over heads, or livers that can be 
cured with pills that taste like choco- 
late. If our boys were one-tenth as 
neurotic as bur home radio makes 
the nation out to be, we'd have lost 
the war a long time ago. . 

"Long, Tiresome Parade" 

"Imagine what these boys will feel 
like when they come home and hear 
over the radio one long, tiresome pa- 
rade of twaddle' about petty disturb- 
ances of bodies that had faced Ger- 
man machine guns and mortars. 

"We heard a lot of radio in our 
press camps, and the boys are listen- 
ing to the radio at the fronts when- 
ever they gel the chance, -which is 
often. They hear BBC, arid ABSIE, 
and the Army's own network shows. 
They eat up ail. the famous "name" 
shows that are brought to them by 
relay or on platters from home. But 
they get these shows undiluted, with- 
out the commercials about /aching 
muscles, stained teeth, and coughs. 
After eating K rations, they'd stone 
you with laughter if you pulled 
anything like a warning about 'that 
unpleasant full feeling.' ' 



PIX DECORATORS UNION 
HAS ONLY 72 NEPERS 

Hollywood, March 13 
"We don't want any Willie Bioffs 
or George Brownes back here," was 
fairly shouted to a mass meeting of 
some 2,000 unionists Sunday (11) 
night by Herbert Sorrell, prexy of 
-the -ComVrenc* *J*-£V^!c.Ui)ia»>at*-«* 
Meeting which was held at Holly- 
wood Legion Stadium was to have 
been before larger crowd, but mis- 
take in radio. announcements caused, 
contusion on part of many workers 
who .thought tally would be held 
Monday night. Strike order,- which 
only covers Screen Set' Designers, 
Illustrators' & Decorators, Local 142,1 
however, received support of unions 
and individual union members from 
at least 20 different film groups 
Meeting, was opened by Frank 
Drdlik, Local. 1421 prexy, who de- 
clared purpose of meeting was to 
bring about unity among rank and 
file workers In motion picture busi- 
ness. , 

He declared, "It is a pity that 
labor can be. used by the employers 
as a tool to divide labor." He said 
the Decorators, over whom jurisdic- 
tional dispute is raging between 
IATSE and CSU, were asking for 
support of all labor.'. Ed Mussa, 
business rep of Local 1421, explained 
moves made by union in effort to 
settle dispute without being forced 
to invoke economic action. Mussa 
stated, "We feel that the strike is 
not a strike against the motion pic- 
ture industry. We believe that it is 
a strike of the motion picture Indus- 
try ..against the government of the 
United States.* 

Herb Sorrell picked up theme of 
Mussa's remark by stating strikers 
had no Intention of returning unless 
the Government moved in and that 
they -would be glad to "go back and 
work for Uncle Sam." 

Producers Issued statement shortly 
after which stated in part, "The 
motion picture producers are. power- 
less to -prevent this strike. It is 
occasioned by a jurisdictional fight 
between two AFL unions over the 
Set Decorators Union, made up of 
only 72 men. It does not involve 
wages, hours, working conditions or 
any other matters within the powers 
of the employer to give or withhold. 
We have urged and are urging our 
employee* to await this legal deter- 
mination' rather than cause, tremen- 
dous injury to our 30,000 employees 
the efforts 



■„ „„„ and to the efforts the industry is 

Sure, the BBC can be dull at making in behalf of military and 

civilian morale, to well as the direct 
services being rendered to the mili- 
tary forces." Sorrell announced 
that studio policemen, firemen and 
guards,- affiliated with CSU were 
instructed to. remain' on jobs, and 
that persons engaged in , Red Cross 
work in current drive would be al- 
lowed to pass picket line$ as well as 
employees '.working on military or 
Government'piclures. 



times. But at least It's adult. And 
it reflects health: Our boys are su- 
perlatively . healthy, and take their 
good health for granted. Radio ad- 
vertising's : over-concern with de- 
pressing details about the body beau- 
tiful will probably make tire" return- 
ing men sore, but not in the mus- 
cles. 

"The revulsion against thi type Of 
commercials we are getlilng iibihe 
may be "short-lived when the men 
come back. Most of them, undoubt- 
edly, will soon fall into old patterns, 
accepting old habits again in their 
anxiety to forget the real ills they 
saw and experienced during the war. 
But if the radio commercials reflect 
the health of this nation, we're a sick 
bunch indeed." 



$1 2,000 Mich. Blaze 

Charlevoix, Mich., March 13. : 
Fire destroyed the Palace theatre, 
only picture house in this resort 
town, last week, Loss is estimated 
at $12,000. , . 



By taking Over running of gener- 
ators from IBEW men now on walk- 
out. IA electricians were^able lo put 
studios back . Into production Tues- 
day.. Warners, 20th-Fox and Repub- 
lic resumed shootlhg and other stUr 
dlos continued with . schedules as 
planned. While production cut is 
nil, studio toppers wonder how long 
they can keep on Aiming wilh car- 
penters and painters out, precluding 
building of new sets. 

Warners picked up. on production 
by putting "Shadow of Woman" into 
work with Andrea King reporting, 
also test of Alexis Smith for "Two 
Mrs. Carrolls" being filmed. Metro 
had three films under way and one 
test as well. All other, lots reported 
full production going on, making 
total of 29 features, two shorts, two 

allo^iSe^^^ 
Selznick. 

Workers picketing were quiet and 
size of picket lines remain same as 
yesterday with no violence or in- 
cidents reported.. . Location com- 
panies have been Okayed to continue 
with Aiming but studios cannol send 
technicians or anyone to Join out- 
door troupes, Companies en route 
to locations prior to strike may also 
continue on their way and film at 

locations. . • 

■ Snafu on Lots 
20th-Fox reported It ■ could have 
worked yesterday, but were expect 
ing directive from. WLB, which 
never arrived, so it resumed shoot 
ing today. RKO called 40 Filipino 
extras, members of SPU. lo work in 
"Invisible Army." Extras thought it 
an Army Aim, but refused to work 
when they discovered It commercial. 
When RKO called 40 waivers (non- 
union members) for the same chore, 
they, too, refused to cross the .picket 
line. 

At- Paramount, reported an IBEW 
worker threw, on the generator to 
help scenic painters working for an 
Army short. Pickets claimed that 
five other Alms worked on the lot 
from the same generator juice and 
are checking to get IBEW man to 
walk 'out if surch is case. This 
first indications of any trouble, but 
no deflnite action has been" taken so 
far. 

20th-Fox has five Alms in produc 
tion. IATSE men are reported han 
dling electricity chores on all lots, 
with the SOEG vote yet to come. 
Workers are divided in reporting to 
desks, wilh split ahout even as lo 
those working and those slaying 
home. RKO has two features and 
one short in work. Universal is 
shooting four features but entire of- 
fice rftafl Is remaining away .from 
work. 

Columbia, started out shooting 
three films, first thing this morning 
and indications are they . will con- 
tinue filming all day. Publicity and 
exec assistants who have right to 
hire and' fire only flacks. worJcing on 
lots today. . 

Producers' Appeal Cued 
To Curb Repercussions 

Producers, appealed lo 30,000 work- 
ers of the industry, claiming they 
(producers) are caught between two 
strike threats. Conference of studio 
unions toppers declared producers 
were/not afraid ofany strike Richard 
Walsh (IATSE prez) might , call, in 
the studios, but were apprehensive 
he might jerk operators in New 
York, Chicago , and other key. spot 
theatres. 

War Labor Board chairman George 
W. Taylor wired orders to workers to 
return to their jobs, adding that the 
Decorators' case would be removed 
from the agenda until time as strike 
ended. One WLB spokesman in 



Washington, however, declared 
"WLB will step in if necessary, but. 
at present we are just, watching." 

One lop labor leader staled he 
Would- appeal directly to . President 
Roosevelt to intervene, because he 
feared bloodshed might' result, if 
strike continues. Herbert Sorrell, 
conference of studio unions prexy, 
declared WLB had failed to enforce 
its order directing the producers lo 
negotiate with Local 1421, and that 
until that was done no new WLB 
orders would be taken seriously by 
the men. 

Despite a wire from Dick Walsh, 
the IATSE prexy, thousands of I A 
workers refused to cross picket lines, 
even in face of threats of flnes and 
having cards revoked. Many unions 
are starting to line up for what they 
declared might be a long-drawn-out 
fight between Sorrell, to preserve 
autonomy for the crafts, and by 
Walsh to expand his IA lineup. 

Walkout started at 6 a.m. yester- 
day (Mon.), when members of the 
Screen Set Designers, Illustrators Si 
Decorators, Local 1421, threw picket 
lines around studios. Action was 
taken after producers refused lo rec- 
ognize the union until final determi- 
nation of jurisdiction by the NLRB, 
where hearing currently is in prog- 
gre.ss on petition of major, compa-r 
nies. Both IA and producers have 
filed appeals with WLB from de- 
cision, of WLB arbiter Thomas 
Tongue. . awarding Jurisdiction lo 
Local 1421 pending any final deter- 
mination by NLRB. Painters, film 
technicians, machinists, carpenters 
and utility employees were among, 
first lo respect picket lines 100rt. 
They were joined by the Screen 
Players Union, soundmen, camera- 
men, propertymen and film editors 
also refused tb cross lines. 

SAG switchboards were" jammed 
with calls from performers asking 
whether they should cross picket 
lines." Players were told to be guid- 
ed by their contracts and use their 
own judgment, pending action by 
membership. Scores of 'them, how- 
ever, are reported to have remained 
from studios rather than take chance, 
of being criticized for crossing a 
picket line. At general membership 
meeting of Screen Publicists Guild 
last night (Mon.), attended by 186. 
full support of Local 1421 was voted 
by flacks. Previously, the praiser 
units at the separate studios had 
voted to walk out in some cases, 
while other lot units stayed action 
until last night's general membership 
ballot. 



Loew's Vogel West On 
Strike, Schenck in Fla. 

Joe Vogel, Loew's v.p. in charge 
of .. out-of-town theatres and ad- 
viser oh union 'affairs, left' New 
York for the Coast yesterday 
(Tues.) to huddle with studio, execs 
and union leaders on the strike sit- 
uation. : . _ 

He was accompanied by Richard 
Walsh, IATSE prexy, with whom 
Vogel reportedly was in conference 
prior to their departure! 
-.Nick Schenck, Loew's ■' prexy, 
is still in Florida, from accounts. 
According to last reports he had 
made no plans to leave for the Coast 



WB Eds on the March 

Hollywood, March 13. 

With six features being scissored 
for release, in addition to dally 
l-ushes, Warners' cutting department 
is hitting a new high for March. . 

In the editing process are "Too 
Young to Know," "The Big Sleep* 
"San Antonio," "Mildred Pierce," 
"Three Strangers" and "Pride of the 
Marines." 



Wednesday, March 14, 194S 



It 




(ah 



JACK BENNY • ALEXIS SMITH J'THE HORN BLOWS AT MIDNIGHT" 

With DOLORES MORAN • ALLYN JOSLYN • REGINALD GARDINER • GUY KIBBEE • JOHN ALEXANDER 

Produced by Screen Ploy by SAM HEUMAN * JAMES V. KERN • Based on an Idea by AUBREY WISBEftO # ZV'M'L .l, 

MARK HELUNGER " Music by FRANZ WAXMAN RAOUL WALSH 



to 



pmuitia 



W«lur^«y, March 14, ,]<M5 



WB to Continue Regional Sales Meets; 
Suchman's 




hibilors* Association for his twelfth houses as well ns many key nabe 
term George E-rdhiann made secre- houses, also is planning a community 
tarv and general manager for 19th center, parking and oilier facilities 
vpi'ir. ' • ! for the newly developed area if re- 

Five managerial changes for War- ..striulions can be changed, 
ner's Ohio theatres: Don Jacobs <\ An internaliunal complexion has 
moved from Chill icothe's Sherman ] been given post-war projects here 
to Mansfield's Ohio a.'! manager, re- 1 with plans for a $225,000. develop 



Duals Pay Off 

— - Continued from |>an« t — 



In order to avoid unnecessary 
travel. Warner Bros, will hold lev - 
eral district sales meetings through- 
out the country to discuss product, 
policies, plans, coining sales drive, 
etc.. with ihese". sessions to be fol- 
lowed l>v meetings In each exchange 
for local sales personnel.. 

This and oilier matters were dis- 
cussed ai a three-day dislriot sales 
conrab in N. Y. last week, attended 
bv leading ho. -execs. District meet- 
ing veslcrc'.av i Tuesday ' in . Pills- 
burgh, 'will be rnllnwed by similar 

parlevs in Chicago; Memphis; Los i of 11 houses in northern New Jci 



and prior to that was for a long time . Paul Montavon replaced .Jacobs, posed Fori theatre for 
with the $ld Oonaolidaled chain in • Alice Sagowilz made manager of . Lincoln. Park, another boo 
S. Y„ whldh U now known as the Portsmouth's Lyric and .Jeanne Ket- , Interested in the project is: 
Julius' Joelson circuit. '""'" '"" ■ 0 -' ' - "•• '" '" 



of N. X. Itself a buying service 
which em'bl-aces. 15 ihealres. Jack 
Meltzer, who Is in charge of buymg- 
booking for Associated, will be in- 
cluded in the new setup in. connec- 
tion with buying and booking. 



Angeles olid Canada. .- • , ... .„ - 

Ben Kalmen'son. .general . sales j Theatres Service, while Monroe E. 
manager for WB. who presided, at Stein, Industry attorney, is counsel, 
the N Y. meftin'g and will at others 

Nace's Newest 

Phoenix. March 13. 
Palms' theatre, newest of the 
Paramount.' Rickards-Nace ' 'chitin 



also, outlined plans in connection 
with this year's sales drive and. 
among oilier topics, discussed forth- 
coming product, while Mori Blumen- 

slock. eastern publicity-advertising ; open he ,. e March 22. according 
director, outlined special campaigns : (0 ].i alT y l. Mace. Circuit operates 
on new pictures. ! theatres' throughout' Arizona.. ln- 

The spies push, designated as War.- j ^ | wi u bc j special invita- 
""' " "' " ~ lional affair, wilh Gov. Sidney P. 

Os'born of Arizona extending' the 



two weeks, have decided against it. 

_ t Previous experience with single- 

piacing Grallau Johnstone, resigned. ; menl in connection with the pro- j billing has proved unsatisfactory, ac- 

' ' J ' '"' " J " 'or suburban cording to these sources, and' the 

boom center. ; posses are still in the home office 
; records as a warning against elim- 
: ination of dualling for Hit lime 
j being., : — — ' 

Weekend .Single BIIIk 

Los' Angeles: March; 1.1. 
1 Weekend single bills is the now ■ 
policy annuiinivd by Andy Krapp- 
maii. . head of Fox-West Coast's 
-Southern .California ;di'visiini, as re- 
1 si-ill of .midnight curfew. Idea is lo 
j lessen, opeiiiling dift'iciiHies by. shifi- 
'ing p::rt of the heavy weekend trade 
in wi i'kdays. • 

. Tivilei s will be, run in f'-WC 
i houses advising customers In alli-nd 
i .-hows during Ihe week and"i'c-.pdii- ' 



1 he Allen 

ilius Joeison eircuu. lor to the Capitol in Sidney. .lames ; Theatre Co. of Canada. 

The New jersey buying combo. Tracy went from Porlsninuljrs Lyric i ■ ■ 

with 60 theatres, signed up. includes : to Columbia there, i 1'anadlun Thmlrc Changes', 

an absorption of Associated Theatres Ki iecia Caplain'e lipped from nabe ' ■■ Ottawa. March 13. 

' ' " ' : Keith's lu.ilh lo downtown Palace,. Manv picture ihisitre .-lair swilch- 

here as treasurer. . es here. They include Ernest Wnr- 

. ~^ '•»" ■ wi. recent RCAK liiseharge and 

s r 5,w» Mre Repair I former theatre man-, to be 2Uth-Kox 

- HarrLsburg. Pa.. March 13. Elgin manager.' replacing Sieve Mc- 
- .. . Repairs to Wilmer & Vincent's ' Mantis, who goes into hotel hi/ near 

Lee. Newbury, operating a sli ing i Colonial, damaged by (Ire four weeks : Wiiidsor. . Oni. Kanious Plaveis- 
n h»,,««, .n nnnhem M«w -Ter.-' 8R0> cos , .$25,000, manager Jack ; Canadian Co. p. moved Le 



Milchell. 



sey. is president ol^ Independent ; Q Rear, slates: Work on repairing: assistant at Ottawa's Capitol t„ He 

Ihe badly damaged lobby was- held »ent. BVoekville Ikmisc. as manager, 
up almost three weeks by material . Replaces Harry Wilson, who goes to 
and manpower shortages. ■ the Capitol. Chalhain. 

Cliff Chellew. for more than eight 

years mr.nager Liberty, has resigned. 



Until a new . appointment. Le Roy MldwPCf StnTIII SlnWC 
! Johnson, aeneral manager, will hold .™l"WCOl ulUI III JIUWo 

down spot. 



ners' Heap Bis Powwow of 1945.1 
will extend from April 1 to .July 28. 
wilh the Indian motif employed, in 
promotional accessories. War bonds 
will be presented In winners. »ame 
as durim; ihe past two drives. .Nor- 
man H. 'Moray, short subject sales 
manager., will again .serve' as cap- 
tain of the drive.. 

During the three-day M. Y. meet- 
ing. Samuel Schneider, v. p. and 
member or the board of Warner 
Bros.. 



Alexander Film Changes 

. Chicago. March 13. 
Rcorg of Alexander' Film Corp. i 



Down H wood Pastels 



j eating Ihem in Ihe earlier opening 
lime in vogue since Ihe midnight 
closing edict. 



■ Hollywood. March 13. 
SloriViy weather in the midwest ■ 



invitations. Stale, civic and Hol- 
lywood personalities will attend. 
"Sally O'Rourke" (Par) first pic- 
ture 10 be shown in the 80(i-seaier. 



Exhibs Try to Educate 

here, following death of Marshall L. held Technicolor down to a half-time ; 'ElH to (^Oltie ill Earlier 
Williams, formerly assistant io AFC . working basis for a week and inter-] Minneapolis. March 13 

prexy J. Don Alexander, in auto fered with production at several stu- ! . Minnesota* \-imi« Co ind inde 
accident. Feb.. 22. moves C. C. Alex- , dios where timers are in work. D eiidcnls here will launch , 
ander. sales rep for ' firm, up lo.dis- ; Shorlage of Tilm was the result of ^^i ' , to "e^ 

S'^S ° f IU,,1P,S *"* ■ S ° U,h : ] »on-arriva. of shipments: which were j^" c ^^. ; ' Ne^pV, ad^ 
Other changes: northern Wiscoii- held in the freight yards of Chicago. st .,. c ... n nailers, radio, etc., will be 



. S. K. Barry's Own House 

San Antonio, March 13. . w..... ^ .. ... t „.. "... . 

Sylvan K. Barry named- manager l.sin assigned to Carl W. Brismasier. . Omaha and Kansas City. Govern--. uiilUed' i„: x w inu out the customers 



of Highland by Al Reynolds, city 
manager of Interstate. Barry came 



discussed current problems - . . 

relating to print.-.- as well as in- 1 «P from ranks, starling as rtsher.at- 
creased Tilm costs. Various other i 'he Texas and subsequently becom- 
h.o. execs also addressed the meet- ! ing chief usher of Azlcc. chief of 



Ing. 



Af Suchtnan'n Combine 

Independent Theatres . Service, 
Inc., newly-organized buying-book- ; 
ii\fi combine for New Jersey nouses, 
will start functioning April 1 when I 
it will open offices in N. Y.. wilh Al I 
Suchman in charge of the buying 
and booking. 

Deal With Suchman, running three 
years. w~as closed last week after 
negotiations with others had petered. 
The Jersey organization first talked 
• deal with Ray. Moon. N. Y. branch 
manager for 20th-Fox and subse- 
quently with Sol Edwards, who has 
a booking service of his own in Bos- 
ton. 

A veteran In buying-booking, 
Suchman has been with the Schine 
circuit, headquartering at Glovers- 
villc, N. Y.. for about Ave years. 



All officers of Allied Theatres of 
Illinois reelected at annual meeting 
service for the Cilv. and assistant ! herb last week. Jack Kirsch named 
manager of the Texas and Empire: ! president for seventh time. Also re- 
:.One of the. most modern and tire- i named were Van A. Nomikos. v.p.: 
proof theatres in south Texas is b'e-'!«»d Richard Sa1kin..secretary-1ieas- 
ing built in Fulfurrias bv R. N. Smith, urcr. 



northern Michigan district, manager, j'menl permitted only perishable lo t j H , c g,.| v evening performances 
and .Minnesota '-assigned to Ralph i goods to move, while celluloid had irl . <ho Uo fe that- such attendance 
" ''to wait' until Ihe stormbound Irafllc ; win .»„,.(„«. back" grosses lo their 

was straightened out 



Bonar; Denver manager. 



Samuel*' Swing, Disney In N. Y. 

Leo Samuels, foreign manager for 
Wall Disney Productions, left N. Y. 
yesterday (Tues.ilor a swing around 
RKO Radio exchanges in Mexico. 
Panama. Peru. Brazil. Argentina 
and Chile. He expects lo be away 
for about 10. weeks.. 

Roy Disney arrived in N. Y. from 
Hollywood yesterday iTues.) for 
confabs with RKO sales execs. He 
plans trip to Washington while east. 



New Texas Drive-In 

Harlingen. Texas. March 13. 
New $75,000 Drive-In' theatre 



Schwa rli Heads Cleve. Exhibs 

Cleveland. March 13. 
Ernest Schwartz elected president 
of the Cleveland Motion Picture Ex- 




RKO Snipping Eight Pix 

Hollywood.. March 13. 
RKO is hanging otil the SRO sign 
on its cutting rooms, wilh eight pic- 
lures in the editing process and 

opened he'reTy L." 'bT 'Richte^'of i ,hree more *?*'>"* ****or«\ for daily 
Corpus Christi. . rushes. . 

In the editing stage are "Johnny 
Angel.'' "Mama Love:. Papa." "Those 
[Endearing Young Charms:" "The 
Invisible- Army." "The Falcon in 
San Francisco." "First Man Into 
Toyko." '"The Most Dangerous 
Game" and "Be Your Age." In. daily 
clipping are "The Amorous Ghost." 
"The Bells of St. Mary's" and 
"George White's Scandals of 1945." 

'BUMP'S' BENEFIT PREEM 



' New Heaston House 

Houston. March 13. 

New Globe theatre opened here 
by Oskar Korn. Korn also operates 
three nabes here. 

Fred .McHenery named manager 
of Texas arid Victoria at Amarillo. 
Texas. 




bOlOWYNaw* 

x BOB HOPE 

PRINCESS^rivPlRATE 



Bmti C . 
IM A. M. 




ON SCREEN 

'Meet Me in 
St. Loui.' 

4udy ^ 
UARI.AND 

Marnret 
O'BRIEN 



IN PRIISOM 

VINCENT 
LOPEZ 

- and 
ORGH. 



IIAIHO 
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MUSIC HALL 

"TONIGHT AND 
EVERY NIGHT" 

Spectacular Stag* Production! 



Ou« WiWt'i 

The PICTURE of 
DORIAN GRAY 

.MIIO.WNNM 



XAVIU.UItA 
CUflAT H0RNE 

«■» Hit M-O-M'i 

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-Unl- 
IIIEIT WIIKK 



WALT DIMIV'f 
'Vf THRU CAIALLIROl" 
Ki TKHNMOLM 

NtlMMd by RKO H«dlo Pkluir. 

NOW— |r«HtJt's •lob* 



Warners Rip llir K«>cf Off 

"HOTEL RERUN" 

SlinmctleM! Khorkloic! Aniaitlnir! 
Tfm Vlckl B*\um'a tU-)-.VHrr nidi 
.* Craii VhhI 

Tn TVrjinn 

CARMEN CAVALLARO 

Nttrt HIh Or4-lir»itr» 

A I HO ill I't'l^OII 

PETER LORRE 

Asslsled by Marrrlls IK-mlrlikH 

■Wrdway aad 47th St.. STRAND 



N. C. Variety Aids Poll* Patients 

Raleigh. N. C March 13. 
Variety club of Charlotte arranged 
for removal of all patients from 
emergency polio treatment center at 
Hickory to Charlotte .Memorial hoSr 
pilal. There tieatments will be con- 
tinued for 118 children. 



Mitchell Heads NEIEA 



former levels. 

Business has dropped 5-10"i. in 
downtown, Minneapolis theatres In 
recent weeks, with the "brownout" 
and cuifew blamed, according to 
the circuit. For some reason, the 
neighborhood houses have; been hit 
much harder . than the loop spots, 
which is contrary to other cities. 

In Detroit Too 

' Detroit, March IS. 
Following the policy .adopted by 
the United-'. Detroit theatres, all 
houses here are using a sustained 
campaign to educate Ihe public, to 
earlier pix .going. Poiritihg .oi.il that 
it is patriotic to help make, the cur- 
few plan a success, the houses are 
running Ihe starting time for their 
next- week's bill giving "the latest 
possible moment for arriving to see 
a' complete show." 

Houses here . have held up grosses 
Proceeds from the preem of J' despite the '.midnight ban and the 
"Colonel Blimp." 'United Arlists-J. j curtailment of the former .Saturday 
Arthur Rank ) at the Gotham theatre. ! night midnight war worker shows. 
N. Y.. March. 29. will be turned over Accent is .on starling Jimes In both 



WaHw"*1ir" MHcheli ; "^ ?as "e l ected ' to r the ' ehabtlilatipn of wounded [ trailers on the . screen and in all 

■ — '--' advertising. 



president of the New England Inde- I servicemen 

pendent Exhibitors Ass'n at the an- ' Society of Illustrators is sponsor 
nual 'meeting held in Boston. Na- ing the rehabilitation fund. Preem 
than Yamins was appointed chair- will be the first in a campaign by 



Houses here. also, are following 
a campaign launched, by William 
.Richmond, of the Lincoln Park, lo 
Vnan of the executive committee by : the societv to expand its rehabilila- j educate the public to the signiTi- 

tion work. 



ROSALIND RUSSELL 

Ami 

JACK CARSON 

In Warnrr Hrim It It 

"ROUGHLY SPEAKING" 

Willi 

Robert Hattoa - Jean Sullivan 
Aran Hole - Donald Woods 
Andrea King 

HOLLYWOOD e way 51.1 st. 



Mitchell. 

Other officers na.med were E. Har- 
old Stoneman; first v.p.: Warren 
Nichols, second v.p.: Kenneth For- 
key. secretary; and W. L. Bendslev. 
treasurer. , 



1\ 



'Peace Tables' Spot 

' Continued from' pxgt S 



BETTY SMITH'S 



ATR£C GROWS 
INWWORiyN 



ROXY 



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Ink SMlf 


Sosny TUFTS 


Ells 


FlllttrsK 


CddU BRACKEN 


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MsrJtrlt REYNOLDS 


Cootie 


WIMIami and 


"BRING m the 
GIRLS" 


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New Coast Northwest Manager 

Seattle. March 6. ! lives of the export trade association 
Le Roy Johnson. Jensen & von ! being formed by U. S. distribs, wilh 
Herberg manager, named Rayburn t the sponsorship of the Motion Pic- 
Bashor manager Rainier theatre, i luie producers & Distributors or 
Rcnlon succeeding Noal Von "e- America, -is to present a united front 
onoTrtion "°" le ^"^Wr^lXn.disciplinar, action is called 
ifor. 



cance of the honorably dischar -d 
buttons worn by* returning veterans. 
Button is an insignillcant type and 
the houses are using trailers illus- 
trating it as well as lobby displays 
so that the average citizen will 
recognize the badge of Ihe return- 
ing servicemen. . 



So. Showmen Fete Reagan 

Atlanta.- March 13. 
Southern showmen honored Chas. 
M. Reagan. Paramount sales chief, at 



Such an association, (list proposed 
before the war and currently again 
[ taking shape, might also be able lo 



Roothmen Laid Off 

Chicago. March 13. 
One Loop first-run and ihree sub- 
sequenls laid off an operator apiece 
last week, due lo midnight curfew. 

Houses, all of which have been 
running early morning shows, are 
Essaness' Woods. TtKO Grand. Clark, 



a luncheon at the BiMmore h :>lcl on : ' c fi llli,; . p lhe now . "f.^ 1 ! 0 !:.! 0 ^ ! "Pealed, by Lubliner & Trin.z. and 



hi.s first otTcial visit lo the southern i sivcn ,c ' l i,ol >' s0 « s 10 avoio « ,ul "i 



,Tre Koppel's Aslor. 



territory since, named v.p. in charge I- 1 '"" lhc mal l;el wilh U - ■ S ' P roduct 
of distribution. Hugh Ow : en N. Y. l Encl thus avert depressing of price 
and - southern division manager, was I levels. 

m.c. Robert M. Gillham. ad-pub- j Approval of an export trade asso- 

licity chief, and Claude Lcc. director ' ciation for the film industry . would , „ ^ . _ 

of public relations, also here for the _j be sought from the Department of .| , vi , he Gei mans ,„<,••„,. 

The Par homeofTice executives | Juslic f • fr orn accounts. Since similar persons in , ibei . al ed countries fake 
rai iiomeouice executi\ es | export organizations 'exist in other 



Nazi 'Echo' 



Continued from iKitfe 1 



came here for. a. regional sales meet- 
ing that included Atlanta. New Or- 
leans and Charlotte . branch mana- 
gers, salesmen and head bookers. 



PALACE 



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LHcfc Powell 
Claire Trevor Anne Shirley 
"MURDER MY SWEET" 

Am HKO Hsdla I't. lurr 



Two New Coast Houses 

' Los Angeles. March 13. 

Fox-West Coast bought three acres 
in San Jose for the construction of 
a deluxe /llrh house as soon as labor 
and building material are available. 

E. S. Calvi and associates applied 
for a building permit for a 1.000-scat 
theatre In Lomfta. costing $100,000. 
Company bought sitc several months' 
ago and has much of slecl and other 
materials needed. 



2 Big Del. Theatre Projects 

Detroit, March 13. 

Post-war plans for big ihealres. in 
the Detroit area continue. Added to 
the numerous major projects, many 
being community centers, is an ap- 
peal from United Detroit Theatres 
for' a chiinge in the present zoning 
laws to permit construct ion of a 
3.000-.-ciit hous-e on (he West Side. 

The- Paramount rfTilinlo; which 6p- 



U: S. industries, filni toppers believe 
that the proposal has a strong 
chance of being approved. 

'In view of the Govenvment's op- 
position to cartels of any kind, how- 
ever, the film export -organization 
would have to sel up so that all re- 
lation to that form of operation 
.would be avoided. , 

Meantime, however, 'other nations 
have come to the support of their 
respective film industries' to a much 
greater extent than the American 
government. Foreign film industries: 
of course, arc for Ihe most part in 
the elementary stages of develop- 
ment snd require Govenimenl sub 



information and instructions, Be- 
cause Col.- Hosenbaum's voice was so 
well known, the Germans had aped 
the voice to give it authority. 

Rosenbaum broadcast in French, 
German and Italian, besides direct- 
ing the station — one of Ihe most 
powerful on the European conti- 
nent. 

Rosehbaiim. besides heading WFIL 
before entering the Army, was- 
chairman of Independent Radio Net- 
work Affiliates (IRNA), head of 
I Robin Hood Dell Concerts and v.p. 
of the Philadelphia orchestra. He 
was one of the mediators in the dis- 
putes between the Musicians Union 



sidy and: support-a factor w.hich .rs "»d radio and recording companies, 
realized abroad. U. S. .film business 



it's contended ; by Ariiei ican trade 
leaders, while strong, also needs 
protection, however, because. of the 
growing restrictions as well as 
greater competition foreseen. Ques- 
tion; however., whether U.' S. Gov- 
ernment officials are prepared to 



crates a majority of the. downtown | accept this viewpoint 



&ITCHY Oft COAST 

Hollywood. March. 13. 

Alfred Hitchcock got back from 
New York yesterday * 12 ^ after 
working with Ben Hecht on "Noto- 
rious" for Selznick. 

Hitchcock will edit "Spellbound" 
pending Hecht's arrival here.'. 

j 

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RADIO 

Western Reserve Us $5,000,000 Tele 
Project Cleveland's Bid (or Fame 



Cleveland, March. 13. 4-. 

Western Reserve. U. Js stepping 
Into Ihe television picture by anr 
nouncing that it plans to spend $5,- 
000,000 building a Communications 
Institute ot Arts and Sciences. 

This project will make WRU the 
leading educational institution in the 
country for the training of video 
experts after the war, declared Dick 
Hooper, prez of the National Tele-' 
vision Council, in a speech delivered 
at the Cleveland Chamber of Com- 
merce last week. 

A three-story building covering 
almost an acre of ground will be 
erected on the campus for the in- 
stitute by the Austin -Co. of Cleve- 
land. There are to bo two television 
studios, each about 100 feet wide, 
150 feet long and -45 feel high, ac- 
cording to Barclay Leathern, the 
university's dramatic director, who'll 
have an active finger in the video 
courses. 

Behind the two main studios, 
Austin Co. is designing a 260-foot 
]ong room; large enough to accommo- 
date four rolling stages which can 
be ■■•dressed"- and wheeled into the 
studios when needed. Another huge 
music recording room will be 
created specifically for the Cleveland 
Symphony Orchestra.; Also blue- 
printed are rooms for a marionette 
theatre, an animation studio, a mi- 
cro-fllm library, a dance studio, print 
shop, rehearsal and dressing rooms, 
. research laboratories and 30 offices. 
Included in this set-up is a scenery 
dock 80 feet wide and 40 feet high. ' 
Civic Orgs to Co-op 
Such institutions as the Cleveland 
Art Museum, Cleveland Art School 
end the Case School of Applied 
Science are. to be called iii to solve 
various technical problems. • The 
civic Cleveland Play House and 
Cain Park's 3,500-seated summer 
amphitheater will be used as aux- 
iliary work-shops in the training of 
■ television technicians and directors. 

With all these facilities at hand, 
Hooper stated, Cleveland has advan- 
tages which could make it the na- 
tional center of television. 

"Sound training such as Western 
Reserve plans, is necessary if tele- 
vision is to become big business," 
the N. T. C. prcs said. "After mate- 
rials are made available, television 
receivers will be built at the rate 
of 2.500,000 sets a year, and this will 
be stepped up to 3,500,000 as rapidly 
es possible." 



Fizz Kid 

Chicago, March 13. 
High noon is no time to ask 
bartenders in the Wrigley Bar 
for a strawberry phosphate, Hal 
Lansing, announcer-narrator for 
the Helen Hayes show, found out 
to his chagrin Saturday i 10). 
Lou- Harrington boss of the 
scotch-and-soda dept. in the 
radio characters' . hnng6ut. was 
up to his neck in mixed drinks 
when Lansing strolled in with 
Hal, Jr., age 5, propped the mop- : 
pet up oh a barstbol. requested 
the sweetsop, and. despite the 
flurry of business, got what he 
ordered. 

Which was all very, fine— ex- 
cept that Lansing, investigating, 
Junior's complaint that "It's- 
spoiled, daddy." discovered Har- 
rington had inadvertently got 
hold of a gin bottle instead of 
seltzer bottle. 



Wednesd£j t March 14, 1948 

'Welcome' Mat Out for Talent Brings 
73 Newcomers to Air Features Shows 



Survey Completed 
On Radio Academy 

Project of. an Academy of Radio 
Arts and Sciences, to further the 
cause of radio by cooperation of all 
branches of the industry, has been- 
sharply advanced by recent comple- 
tion of an industry survey. Survey, 
which took six to eight months lb do. 
was shown to New York trade last 
week by a west coast public rela- 
tions representative, with'nets. guilds, 
unions, ad agencies and others fully 
covered. Reaction for most part was 



'People' Writer Resigns 

Vivian Skinner, one of the writing 
mainstays on CBS' "We, the. People," 
is resigning this' week and plans a 
rest and vacation in Florida. Hubby 
Jack Miles, also a "People" Writer, is 
remaining on duly, however. . ." 

Script slafl', recently was aug- 
mented by addition of Edward Pit- 
ney, former news editor at WQXR, 
N. Y., '•Time Views the News" and 
Counterspy" writer and at one lime 
with the OWI, following departme 
of one of the' Coast writers. Bowout 
of Mrs. Miles, however. • leaves an? 
other vacancy to be filled. 

Detroit News 
Lifts Radio Ban; 
Presages Tussle | 

Detroit, March 13. 
After a sjx-year layoff, a regular I 
radio column was > returned to the 
Detroit press, last week when .'.Her.-' 
schell Hart ■ resumed his former 
chores in the Detroit News. Column 
to go seven-days-a-week and 
presages a growing tussle between 
the three Detroit newspapers, now 
fairly. even on circulation figures. 

Understanding is that W. E. 
Scripps, owner of the- Detroit News' 
WW J. ordered the radio news re- 
turned to the newspaper, in which he 
also is a large stockholder. The orig- 
inal, tabu of radio reporting by 'the 

Detroit press was reached by mutual I past week following disclosure that 
agreement between the News, Free | Servel. her present sponsor, was 



Needs a Benrua 

• i ^_____Clu.eagor March 13. 

Character in Wrigley Gum's 
"First Line" CBS airer wheeled 
into the studio five, minutes be- 
fore program went on the air 
Thursday (8>, tore oft his coat, 
cleared his throat, yawned noi- 
sily,' clattered his feet on studio's 
linoleum Moor, rattled his 
script— all this right up lo air- 
time — and, to the horror of 
everyone else in the studio — be- 
yond! 

Actor's din, fortunately, was 
mostly on the dead side of (he 
mike. Payoff, came, however, 
when he turned to another actor 
at the end of the broadcast and 
asked, "Have we got time for . a 
cigaret?" 

"We've Sot all-night," was the 
reply. "Show's over." 

When he came but of his faint, 
noise-maker, who thought he'd 
been dress rehearsing, found his 
watch was an hour slow. 



Welch, Raleighs 
Eye Billie Burke 

Billie Burke shares on the radio 
market were extremely active this 



Press and Times in August, 1938. The 
puzzler in the situation was that only 
the Detroit News operated its own 
radio station. 

A factor which pointed up Detroit's 
divorce of the radio and press was 
reported highly favorable, with rec- the hiring last week by the News'of 

| Tony Weitzel, Free Press columnist- 
and WJR commentator, to perform a 
dual stint. . Weitzel is doing a daily 



WMCA Feels Veto Would 
Reseat Coin'l Exploitation 
Of Rehabilitation Show 

Plans for the production of a new 
program helping returning GIs re 
habilitate themselves, and to aid 
their families , in the readjustment 
period, are being planned by WMCA, 
N. Y. Move .further reflects the in- 
dustry-wise consciousness of the 
vital issue. 

Format of the snow will not be 
determined until conclusion of a sur- 
vey now being made for .the station 
by Dr. Robert Goldenson, psycholo- 
gist on the faculty of N. Y. U. Lat- 
ter will interview and get sugges- 
tions from Army, Navy and Marine 
effie'ers, educators, veterans' organi 
tations. public officials, social work- 
ers arid psychiatrists. 

Show will not be for sale, station 
feeling vets would resent having so- 
lution of their problems made 
the subject of commercial exploita-. 
tion. As result it's going on as a pub- 
lice service show. ■ 



ommendations made toward a final 
blueprint. 

Academy Idea, originally suggested 
by several radio writers, appealed to 
major N. Y. nets last year, who set 
aside a reported $50,000 for an indusr 
try survey lo study need of such an 
Academy. Other than supplying sur- 
vey funds, nets claimed no control 
over idea or survey: Survey has 
been gotten up by Coast research firm 
of Lee and Losch in association with 
N. Y. firm of Hill and -Knowllpn. 
E. T. .Buck Harris, of Coast firm, and 
John W. Hill spent last week can- 
vassing N. Y. trade with the com- 
pleted survey. 

As result of the visit, the Radio 
Writers Guild set up a committee 
last week to study the survey. Re- 
ported that the western region of 
Writers Guild favors idea, having 
also set up investigating committee, 
largely concerned with studying 
whether Academy will have com- 
plete democratic . setup. American 
Federation of Radio Artists officially 
has taken no steps yet, with indi- 
vidual members declared enthused 
but officials reported wary of pos- 
sible undue influence of nets in the 
setup. 

General trade feeling is that Acad- 
emy can do industry a lot of good, 
that it is a good, progressive devel- 
opment in the field, and this being 
radio's 25th anni, that this is a fit- 
ting time to bring Academy about. 
Indications point' to successful estab- 
lishment of the Academy this year. 



MA J. BOWES BACK IN 
HARNESS THIS WEEK 

Maj. Edward Bowes leaves .the 
sidelines, where his recent illness 
placed him, ^o resume his CBS stint 
lor Chrysler tomorrow night (15) 
Return originally, was skedded for 
April 8, but the veteran emcee-host 
got the medico's okay to advance 
that date. He intends to pilot the 
program each week from now on 

For -the present the. recently 'in- 
trped "Shower of Stars" format with 
Morton Gould's orch and "Amateur 
Hour" grads as guests will remain 
with the Maje still to reach a deci- 
sion on whether to revert to the 
amateur routine or try another ap 
proach. Mentioned is a"'talent hunt' 
Jo-mat with ex-servicemen and gals 
•a participants. 



column for the Detroit News, and 



Brotherly Love 

Detroit, March 13. 
A day with the Detroit sta- 
tions: 

Tony ' Weitzel, columnist for 
the. Detroit News-WWJ, carried 
a plug for WJR. 

Herschell Hart, radio column- 
ist for the same newspaper, also 
carried a WJR plug. 

WXYZ and the Blue Network 
let WJR carry the DupOnt Award 
program over the Columbia sta- 
tion which had won the honor. 

WJR quoted, a story' and gave 
credit to the Detroit News. 

WJR's "Dialdope" gave plugs 
to both WWJ and WXYZ pro- 
grams. 



also will take to the air waves via 
WWJ Ave-days-a-week. His air shot 
will be five minutes daily for the 
Ernst Kern Co., large downtown 
store, with a 26-week contract inked 
in. 



dropping its Saturday morning CBS 
program. Hot on the trail and 
anxious to inherit the 7.6 Crossley 
rated show is Welch's grape juice, 
insiders hear, with a possible agency 
switch in the offing. 

Welch, longtime bankroller of 
Irene Rich, heretofore placed its 
radio business, through the Kastor 
agency but BBD&O, agency on the 
Servel account, looks, in a good po 
sitTon to grab the grape juice busi- 
ness if the client puts the okay on 
Flo Ziegfeld's widow. ' 

In addition to the Saturday morn- 
ing activity, Miss Burke also is being 
eyed by Brown & Williamson 
i Raleigh cigarets) to team with Ed- 
ward Everett Ho'rton on the "Carton 
of Cheer" program. Burke-Horton 
team would replace Henny Yoiing- 
mah and Carol Bruce April 11. Eddy 
Howard orch and Tom McKnight, 
producer, would stay. 

Music Corp. of America, represent- 
ing the Burke-Horton combo, and 
Russel M. Seeds, agency for Raleighs, 
are discussing coin angles of the pro- 
posed "Carton" deial. , 
Miss. Burke's Saturday morning 
show also is on the "wanled" list of 
several other clients but CBS, un- 
derstandably, is taking the attitude 
that BBD&O should get first crack 
at selling the show. This not only 
because the Servel biz went through 
that agency but also In view of the 
heavy BBD&O tinge to the web's 
Saturday daytime lineup: 

This agency, in addition to the 
Servel show, also Is represented that 
day by "Let's Pretend" (Cream of 
Wheat), 11:05-11:30 a.m.; Armstrong 



4- Air Features' well known "come- 
one-come-all" talent policy, as cont- 
rasted with "Siegfried Line" tactics 
encountered by tyros elsewhere in 
N. V. radio circles, paid dividends 
n 1944 as it has ever since the Hum- ■ 
inert outfit's auditions plan was put 
in operation in 1938. 

Last year 71 audition sessions were 
held out of which 73 newcomers 
were rewarded with parts on AF 
shows. Out of a total of 683 persons 
who faced the talent panels 141 (al- 
most. .21/;.) were okayed, with 542. 
failing to measure up. Of the 141 
in Hie acceptable group, six made : 
the grade after , first being turned 
down. Another 36 tried it again. but . 
still wound up among the -rejectees'.: 
AF averaged about six audition 
sessions each month with the num- 
ber of aspirants ranging from 89 
iFeb. and Oct.) to 33: (Dec). Also 
indicative of the Hummcrt "open 
door" policy is the fact that inter- 
views were held with 461 would-be 
thesps during the year, in addition 
to the auditions mentioned. 

Radio actors and actresses (as 
pointed out in "Variety * several 
weeks ago) irked at the brushoff 
treatment handed them at various 
agencies and network talent, offices, 
long have pointed to the AF system 
of card-indexing talent on the basis . 
of free and frequent auditions as a 
happy solution: to their problems but 
to date few, if any, other offices have 
seen At to adopt the plan. . 
. In addition to the talent hunt tac- 
tics at AF, precautions also are 
taken to see that no "corner-on-the-. 
market" situations arise with, cer- 
tain performers grabbing multiple 
assignments while others (In the 
starving act. To insure against. this, 
performers assigned, to more than 
one show a day must get official 
approval. This, it's pointed out by 
toppers, is hot entirely an altruistic .. 
move to spread acting work around 
but is also invoked so performers 
holding down important roles on 
one daytime serial don't bob. up too 
often on others. Listeners spot such 
doubling and don't like it. 

The office also insists that di- 
rectors of AF shows use diversified 
casts instead of building their own 
private stock companies. In this 
connection, the 73 . newcomers, in 
1944 were apportioned among six di- 
rectors so that, one used nine, an- 
other seven, another 20, another 18, 
and two used 12 apiece. Altogether 
the six directors used 196 perform- 
ers during the year who had not 
previously worked for them. 



The hiring of the columnist— work-. Cork's "Theatre of Today," 12-12:30 



MUTUAL BOARD OX' S 
TOP APPOINTMENTS 

Mutual'? board of directors yes- 
terday . f 13) confirmed the appoint- 
ment of Ade Hult as v.p. in charge of 
midwest operations, and announced 
the upping of' Robert A. Schmid as 
v.p. in charge of advertising, promo- 
tion, and 'research. Board, meeting 
in N.Y., also confirmed th<- naming 
of Robert Swezey as v.p. and gen- 
eral manager. of... the web; James E. 
Wallen, comptroller , and treasurer, 
as assistant secretary, with E.'M. An- 
trim continuing as secretary. 

Web's board, as elected yesterday 
(Tues.), now includes: Antrim, Wil- 
let ' H. Brown, Chesser Campbell, H. 
K. Carpenter, Benedict Gimbel, Jr., 
J. E. Campeau, web prexy Edgar 
Kobak, Alfred McCosker, John 
Shepard III, T. C, Streibcrt and 
Lewis Allen Weiss. 



ing both for a rival newspaper and 
a rival radio station — to perform in 
a dual capacity for both the Detroit 



p.m., and Continental Can's "Report 
to the Nation," 1:30-2 p.m. Thus it's 
apparent that CBS' unprecedented 



News. and its radio station heightened strength in the hard-to-sell Saturday 
the incongruity of the organization's time dept. is largely due to BBD&O's 
position in ignoring the ether in ink. ability to deliver clients for that time 
The result was that "the right hand I segment. 

started to notice what the left hand] In addition, the agency owns the 



was doing," according to one WWJ 
official. 

Continues Chatter Stance 

' Hart's column , at present is cur- 
tailed, but is expected to expand to 
the regular full 21 inches as he 
swings into production. He also will 
continue with his "Reverie by Night" 
broadcasts six-times-a-week, since it 
was felt at the station that his round 
up chattery of night club news 
should not be dropped "when they 



program idea and considers it sale- 
able stuff even if Miss Burke should 
decide not to continue on the day 
timer in the event she accepts the 
Raleigh nighttime offer, 



VALLEE, H0UNER PART, 
PROD. DIFFERENCES 



Hollywood, March 13 
. . „ ... . . .. _. Mann Holiher has resigned as pro- 

are havmg all their present troubles." ixM ^ t of yj e Rudy Vallee show but 



Weitzel and Hart are only a few 
members of the News organization 



will remain with the program until 
a successor has been chosen! Part- 



who are working a combination of ing was friendly and resulted from 
newspaper-radio jobs. Others, in- differences over certain phases of 
eluding. George Stark, who does an the production 
"Old Timers" column, and ■ Russell Holiner took over the Drene pro 
McLaughlin, the music critic, have gram Sept, 9 soon after leaving 
been swing-shifters, although, pub- 1 Armed Forces'Radio Service. He is 



Boston— Margaret Roberts, WNAC 
scripter and continuity Writer, is 
conducting a 16-week course in 
"Radio Scriptwriting" at the Radio 
School of Boston' Univ. 



Hcly, the newspaper 
each station. 

Only semblance, of. a radio column 
in the Detroit newspapers during the 
six-year ban was a paid column of 
advertising, contrived in a chatter 
style, by WJR in the Free fkess. . 



was ignoring | also currently directing the Eddie 
Bracken show. 



Kansas City— Ed Martin, formerly 
at WIBC, Indianapolis, is' new mike- 
man at KCKN, Mutual night outlet 
here. 



CBS Follows NBC's Lead 
In Axing Cross Plugs For 
Shows on Opposish Nets 

Decision of NBC to eliminate all 
cross plugging, whereby sponsors plug 
their opposition network programs, 
has resulted in CBS. sending out sim- 
ilar notification to clients, the net- 
work contending it. has no alterna- 
tive but to follow suit as a protec- 
tive measure. 

Thus General Foods, for example, 
has been cautioned that it can't plug 
the NBC Dinah Shore or Frank Mor- 
gan shows on the CBS "Aldrieh 
Family" and as far as CBS' "Life 
Can Be Beautiful" (Procter '& Gam- 
ble) listeners are concerned, there 
ain't no such thing as P&G's. "Ma 
Perkins" on NBC— and vice versa.. 



BLUE ASSIGNS 50 TO 
FRISCO CONFERENCE 

Bob Kintner, Blue veepee in 
charge of news setup, has assigned a 
staff of 50, under the direction of 
G. W. "Johnny" Johnstone, to cover 
the United Nations San Francisco 
conference next month. Bryson 
Raseh, special features topper at 
Blue's WMAL, Washington, will as- 
sist Johnstone. 

■ Raymond Gram Swing, Ray Henle, 
Baukhage, Ed Tomlinsoft, David-., 
Wills and James Abbe, Coast; com- 
mentator, will give with the inter- 
pretations and bulletins as well as 
other chin merchants to-be assigned 
later. "America's Town Meeting," 
Blue's Readers Digest commercial, 
will air from Frisco April 25, second 
day of the conference, and possibly 
the following week, May 3. 



" Dallas— Russ Wyly has been named 
production manager .of WBAP- 
KGKO. He comes here from WSM, 
Nashville. . . , 



WdBwday, March 14, 194S 



RADIO 



28 



WILL NBC TURKEY TRAP WORK? 



Cheese It, the Mayor! 

That elaborate "coffee and doughnut" shindig for whieh 1,400 per- 
sons turned out at the WOR-MutUal theatra, N. Y„ last fhursday (8) 
{or a 7:19 a.ro. breakfast show to help John aaiqbftng celebrate his 20 
years on WOR with his "Gambling's Musical Olook," almost eame a. 
eropper. 

When the station put its elaborate anni plans la motion, it forgot that . 
the midnight euriew on entertainment extended to 8 a.m. That's why 
a few Uninvited gueaU— coppers— showed up, ready with the wagon 
to make a big; haul if the show went oh. 

But when the ooppers sighted Mayor LaGuardia himself as one of 
the program's participants, they scrammed, but quick. 



General Foods' Daytime Slide Tops 
$1,500,00(1. Those We Lore' Off NBC 



It has become increasingly ap- ♦■ 

?iarant to the trade sIik* the first of 
he year that General Foods, for 
years right up with the top spenders 
In daytime radio, is yielding its po- 
sition (and time) to others in favor 
of concentration on nighttime pro- 
gramming. It has already applied* 
$ie aice to two of the long-estab- 
lished CBS daytime serials and it's 
now learned that, effective, with the 
April I broadcast, it is dropping the 
Sunday afternoon "Those We Love" 
halt-hour show on NBC. In addition 
GF is cutting down its CBS "Two on 
a Clue" cross-the-board show from 
|M. stations to 78. and the "Kate 
Smith Speaks" noontime CBS show 
from 117 stations to 62 to forestall a 
190,000 rate, increase because of a 
rate differential. 

All told, the application of the 
daytime programming axe by OF has 
thus far translated itself into budget 
economies iti . excess of $1,500,000. 
"Dr. Malone" bowed off the CBS 
•ked shortly after the first of the 
year, with "Joyce Jordan" also drop- 
ping the GF banner later this month. 

(It's reported that Procter & Gam- 
ble, which has purchased "Dr. Ma- 
lone" to replace "The Goldbergs" on 
CBS, effective April 2. is also dick- 
ering on picking up the tab for 
"Joyce Jordan" with ho definite de- 
oish yet.) 

Fadeout of "Those We Love" on NBC 
ne«t month opens up the choice 2 
O'oiook slot on Sunday afternoon, 
with a "line forming on the right" 
situation reportedly prevailing among 

Slients who would like to grab the 
litis. . (Although not a nighttime 
■pot. some are watching develop- 
ments in terms of it being the first 
real test of the NBC policy of offer- 
ing choice time to "the best show 
that's offered"). 

. Cutbacks in the General -Foods ad- 
vertising budget, particularly in the 
•ereal division, is held responsible 
for the gradual fadeoul in daytime 
programming, with product and 
packaging material restrictions' re- 
ported one of the principal retrench- 
ment factors. Too. there's a reported 
feeling that while the evening GF 
shows plug products with a broader 
Brolly appeal (Jello. Maxwell House 
Coffee. Bird's Eye, etc.). the cereal 
belong strictly In the "kid stuff" an'd 
father category rather than wilh the 
. mothers, at whom the soapers are 
directed. 



Ferg Headed for NBC? 

Detroit, March 13. 

Henry Ford reportedly has the in- 
lide track on the Sunday afternoon 
(B-l:30) slot on NBC which becomes 
vacant after April 1. when General 
Foods is giving up "Those' We Love." 
Jf Ford gets the nod. it's considered 
likely he would switch over his half- 
hour "Staia Of the Future" program 
Which is currently heard Fridav 
nights on the Blue. 

Meanwhile, Ford has passed along 
the word to his agency, J. Walter 
Thompson, for a slight revision in 
tfie show's format putting stress on 
the choral and vocal aspects and 
dropping of instrumental soloists. 



WIOK CUDEE HITS KOAD 

Wick Orider,. radio publicity ■ dl- 
; factor at J. Walter Thompson; de- 
Parts tomorrow (Thurs.) for a cross- 
. oountry Junket on behalf of the new 
f gf'en IIayes-Te»:tron show heard on 
Mutual Sunday nights. 

Object la to effect a closer tleup 
*»th department stores In connection 
V With Mlas Hayes' oampalgn to recruit 
v * n(I N * v y nuwe*. underlying 

■ 2fR 'U* ot *• -Mutual aeries. Crlder 
\wtll be cone a bo Ut „ man th. 



'Why Bm IrriUUd?' 

P. Lorillard Co.. sponsors of 
the Old Oold "Whloa Is Whioh" 
Wednesday night show on OBS, 
<Wd a burn last week when the 
announcer on the web's flagship 
station, WABC, N. Y., segued 
into a plug for a rival ciggie 
firm's show at the conclusion of 
the "Whieh" quieter. . 

No sooner had the Old Gold 

Srograpn bowed off' last Wednes- 
ay 17) than the WABC an- 
nouncer begaj) •■tolling ** vir- 
tues of tha Chesterfield "Supper 
Cl,ub" program heard on the 
same net. Gheeterile]d show plug 
ia generally reserved . for the 
break-in Immediately following 
the Milton Berle show, but with 
the latter cancelled off last- week 
to make way for ex-Gov. Stas- 
sen's (now a Navy brasshat) 
speech, the announcement was 
shoved ahead into the post- 
"Whlch" spot. 



NBC Sked Shi 
Seen Switchi 




SHOW POLICY HAS 
TALENT 




Hope to Friday 

From alk indications, -some sweep- 
ing revisions in the nighttime pro- 
gramming sehedule Is on the NBC 
agenda, although the contemplated 
moves are being kept under wraps. 
Nevertheless, there's an air of ex- 
pectancy prevailing around the 
trade, a direct offshoot of the policy 
laid down by prexy Niles Trammell 
aimed at ridding the web of "road 
company attractions" and strength- 
ening weak links in the nighttime 
schedule. 

There's one report that Bob Hope, 
the top boy on the Hooper and Cross- 
ley ratings, will be shifted from the 
Tuesday night 10 o'clock spot into 
Ihe Friday night 9:30-10 niche pre- 
ceding the "Amos 'n' Andy" show. 
It's reported that Hope has already 
given his okay to the switchover, but 
whether or not Pepsodent will be 
willing to ride along appears con- 
jectural, particularly in view of the 
fact that the nation has become more 
or . less radio-conscious on Tuesday 
nights, as reflected in the longtime 
drawing supremacy of Hope, Fibber 
McGee & Molly, etc. Many in the 
trade likewise qiiestioh the wisdom 
of such a move. 

Primary motive in the switch, it's 
understood, would be to give Lever 
Bros. mow. controlling Pepsodent) 
the benefit of a full-hour rate. 
("Amos 'n' Andy" also plug. a Lever 
product-Rinso). reducing the pro 
rata $1.20 rate cost down to a flat $1. 
Likewise, it would put Amos 'n' 
Andy in the favored "free ride" spot 
of getting' the Hope carryover audi- 
ence. 

It also raises cpnjecture jas to what 
would happen to the Brown & Wil- 
liamson - sponsored 'People Are 
runny"- show currently heard'in the 
Friday night 9:30 spot. Latter has 
been a donsiirtent audience puller, 
with a current Hooperating of 16.2. 
one of the top Friday night tallies. 
It's considered unlikely that the 
sponsor would drop the program or 
agree to a less favorable niche. 

The fact remains that the trade is 
looking for headlines to emerge 
from the current thinking. 



By GEORGE ROSEN 

Various comedians, star personali- 
ties and name orchestra leaders are 
agitated at present at the implica- 
tions of the new "show's the thine" 
policy initiated by NBC. They sec 
the network, and others, if following 
suit, establishing a veto power over 
their careers. It's a bit complicated 
but it works out something like this: 

a. The web, by claiming for itself 
the right to pick and choose on the 
basis of the "best offered entertain- 
ment." can throw choice time to big 
advertisers and away from small ad- 
vertisers. : 

b. Talent could consummate a deal 
with a sponsor only to have the deal 
undone by network opposition. 

As the trade sees the problem, 
nobody can object to any network 
setting high program standards or 
exeroising the right of rejection in 
favor of deluxe shows as against 
lesser shows. • The "yes: but" angle 
comes in on the supposition that the 
advertiser . with the most money, 
greatest number of different brands, 
the greatest stake in nailing down 
the maximum listening hours will 
be able to shove the less-well-heeled 
competitor out of the picture. 

That's a cynical interpretation of 
the motivations, some network of- 
ficials aver. But cynical or not, the 
suspicion has not dissipated but in- 
stead has grown stronger in recent 
months. The trade just doesn't be- 
lieve that "tests of program quality" 
are going to be applied or enforced 
uniformly as between big many- 
brand advertisers and small one-, 
brand clients. Webs will, by the 
sheer force of their salesmanship., 
look the other way when the big 
fellow stumbles in picking a show, 
ft oomes down to the question: 

"When is a turkey a turkey?" 

The discussion in the trade has re- 
volved about various, sponsors who 
are notorious for their second or 
third rate taste where shows are 
coaeerned.. Perhaps four or five 
sponsors ave notorious for bringing 
in one lemon after another year after 
year. But the trade has yet to hear 
of any wab flatly refusing to be host 
to these lemons. 



Waltz King Ties 
Up With Wester 

Chicago. March 13. 
Wayne King, orchestra leader, and 
Carl Wester, long identified with 
daytime serials, completed arrange- 
ments here last week to set up a new 
radio production organization! Part- 
ners already have three nighttime 
shows ready for. presentation with 
two more in the works. Plans also 
call for a series of open-end tran- 
scriptions to be waxed as soon as a 
full production unit is formed. 

King will open the Edgewater 
Beach Hotel. June 2. with the Emil 
Vandis orch which he'll take over 
for the Jack Benny summer replace- 
ment stint. Leader will continue 
leading the band until fall with 
plans after thai dependent upon the 
demands upon his time in the new 
i setup. 

Both Wester and King have lon« 
I felt that big-budgeteu shows should 
! be produced for a specific client 
j rather than just being assembled for 
I the first and highest bidder. On the 
' other hand, both feel quality shows 
; that can attain high, ratings can be 
assembled in the midwest without 
having to cost Ihe multiple thou- 
sands that package shows, in N. Y. 
and Hollywood are currently de- 
manding. New -'-partnership is 
unique in that both King and Wester 
have better than 15 years radio 
background, both have heavy bank- 
rolls and can get unlimited backing, 
if necessary, plus the fact that be- 
tween them they know every im- 
portant sponsor and ad ajjjncy exec 
in the business. Wester will con-, 
tinue with his three daytime sc-rials 
under his deal with IrnVrPtYltlips. 
Setun allows full sUDCi'vi-ion of pro- 
duction oi his soapers as in the imsI. 



'City Slicker Stance Blamed for BMB 
Revolt; N. Y. Indies Hold Firm In 
Bid for Separate Yardstick in City 



Nets' Acute Paper Shortage 

Wartime shortage of paper has 
been hitting the networks again. 
Reductions in the number of mineo- 
graphed and ditto copies of scripts 
are .being made. 

CBS paper cut now pending is 
about one-third the current amount 
by report. 



Judy Garland 
(Pre-WincheU) 
Borden's Idea 



Purchase of the 8:30-9 p., m. Sun- 
day night (before Wjnchell) spot on 
the Blue by Borden's, which moves 
the new Jerry Wayne show into the 
slot in the next couple of weeks, is 
seen as a prelude to the comoany's 
top coin splurge in radio, despite 
its sad experience with the Ed Wynn 
program. 

As it currently shapes up. the 
lower-budgeted Wayne show.thouuh 
it may stay on for the balance of. the 
semester, is more or less of a stop- 
gap to retain the valuable 8:30 Sun- 
day ni°ht niche, which ihe bank- 
roller considers choice, despite the 
Eddie Bracken opposition from NBC. 
Reported, too, that- Borden's has the 
inside • track on the Judy Garland 
16G package, wilh apparently the 
only obstacle in the path of the sig- 
naturing coming from Metro, with 
the pix-radio contract snags current- 
ly in the process of being ironed out. 

But even if the Garland thing 
doesn't hold up. Borden's is eyeing 
the half-hour slot for a bigtime pro- 
duction, whatever the cost. 

Package being handled by Phil. 
Berg and Bert Allcnberg will have 
Miss Garland chirping and handling 
femmcee chores and Al Stack's orch 
'from Frank Morgan show) with 
likelihood a juve comic type-will be 
added for laugh burden and to work 
crossfire chatter . with the star. Un- 
derstood Metro is agreeable to Miss 
Garland going into radio under the 
proposed five-year contract deal, but 
with 30-day cancellation proviso, 
same clause in effect on Morgan's 
radio contract. 



By DON WALSH 

Blaming a "city slicker" attitude 
for the cool reception 'New York 
indies gave the Broadcast Measure- 
ment Bureau's recruiting drive last 
week topper Hugh Feltis trekked 
out for Washington over the week- 
end admittedly "disappointed but 
hopeful." 

Although BMB was able to corral 
only WJZ (Blue). WABC (CBS) and 
WMCA. Nathan Straus-owned indie, 
in the N. Y. metropolitan market 
totaling 21 stations. Feltis said he 
did not think stations outside N. Y. 
would be unduly influenced by tha 
"no soap" decisions. If the outfit fa 
able to maintain the same percent- 
age of acceptances they've lined up 
elsewhere, he said, BMB will find 
itself in a good teeoff position. 

Crucial test, will come late this 
month (29) when the BMB Chicago 
campaign starts. And while it's ex.- : 
peeled the New York attitude will 



Chi Cool to BMB 

Survey, of Chicago stations 
indicates trouble ahead for tha 
Broadcast Measurement Buresa 
In Us membership drive set far 
late this month. Only stasias 
definitely set te go alanf a* 
present Is WBBM with WGN oa 
the fence, but open for convic- 
tion. 

Network stance will decldo 
whether WENR (Blue) and 
WMAQ (NBC) go alone, WIND, 
WLS and WJJD need plenty of 
selling an the yardstick plan aad 
are not considered c*ad praa- 
pects at the present time. 
' Management of WAIT feels 
Chi Indies are not too strong far, 
BMB on gronnds proposed mall 
survey method went work. 



be reflected sontewhat -in the Windy 
City. BMBers think they'll ba 
greeted wilh more of a "wHat can 
we lose" stance, which they believa 
will result in a more widespread ac- 
ceptance of the NAB-inspired audi- 
ence measurement yardstick. ' 
. There's little doubt in the trada, 
(Continued on page -8) 



HOLIES, CBS NEWSMAN, 
IN SURPRISE CHI MOVE 

Impending switch in the news de- 
partment al CBS has Everett Holies. | 
asst. to Paul While in charge of 
news broadcasts, being -transferred 
to the web's Chicago office to head] 
up the editorial setup there. Holies. | 
in addition lo his N. Y. news room . 
duties; has been doing the twice-; 
weekly television • current, events 
panoramas via 'W.CBW. CBS video 
outlet in N. Y. ; 

No replacement has been named 
for Holies . in either capacity, but 
rumor channels are carrying the 
name of Ted Church. GOP radio 
topper- during the 1944 presidential 
campaign. <>.s a candidate for the 
secondary 'berth under While. 

Holies' switch to Chi occasioned 
surprise iii Ihe trade in view of 
hypoed European and Asiatic situa- 
tion and the news accent all webs 
are giving the United Nations confab 
in San Franci. co next month. 



Talent Too High, 
Clients Squawk 

Rather than abating, that bank- 
roller criticism directed at high tal- 
ent cisis (many 'of them are putting 
the blame on aTonls and accusing 
them of lipping Ihe price tags) ap- 
pears to be gaining momentum. 

Lnst week one of (He top spend-, 
ers in the entire radio picture again 
served notice to his a«ency of hia 
gener.-l dissatisfaction over having 
lo lay so much coin on the line for 
radio. Client dco'ared he even in- 
tends jumping the gun and not 
wailing the repeal of the exces* 
profits lax before scramming, to 
other media where he feels he can 
- .;et "measure for measure." * 

Meanwhile, some network toppers 
make no boners as to their disquie- 
tude over the continued spiraling 
costs, fcarins the nets will even- 
tually take the rap in terms of • 
drastic downgrading in billings. 



BLUE'S 'HAN FROM G-2' 

"■V :: ■ From G-2." based i :r the 
Van. \V ok M-'is\>rf .mystery stories, 
will be heiird as a once-weekly half- 
hour a^'r. show on 1 he Blue, begin- 
nin(! Thursday. April 12. 

Stanza, which will be heard in the 
7:30 to 8. p.m. .niche, will open on a 
"s'usfstfiin'' b:'-i'. but ■ interest, in 
sponsor:-;'") •• 1|, , Kly showu by sev- 
t: ; :ul b-'i>!;' oilers. 



BRACKEN SNAFU 

CUES LEWIS SOS 

Hollywood. March 13. 

Reported early induction of Eddie 
Bracken into Army is bringing Ken-, 
yon *: Eckhardt's W, B. Lewis oil 
wing from New York. Show also is 
having production pains which will 
require Lewis' diplomatic touch to 
put house in order. 

Writer trouble said to be partially 
composed .since withdrawal of Rob- 
ert Ripley- Crutcher after tha fifth 
show in the new series. 



It 



RADIO 



Cmcy Area Stations Kick In With 
Boff Public Service Job on Flood 



Cincinnati, March 18. 4 
AH five Cincy stations performed' 
special public service for several 
days last week during Ohio river 
flood crisis by operating around the 
clock. Airings ol hourly flood stages 
and Weather Bureau forecasts on 
rises enabled thousands of residents 
and business Arms in affected areas 
-to get moveable . properties' above 
water level. 

Also important were announce- 
ments of traffic cutoffs and diver- 
sions on highways and railroads, ap- 
peals for housing of homeless and 
their belongings and other directives 
by Red Cross and municipal authori- 
ties. WLW coverage included on 
spot broadcasts and reports by staff- 
ers scattered in four-state area and 
tie-ins with WCHS. Charleston, W. 
Va.; WPAY, Portmouth. p., artd 
WHAS. Louisville. 

WSAI. WCPO, WKRC. and WCKY 
extraed with telephone and. mobile 
units with descriptions and inter- 
views in Greater Cincy. WCPO re- 
layed programs to WMOH, Hamil- 
ton; WING. Dayton, and WIZE, 
Springfield. O. WCKY unit provided 
new Cincinnati airport in Kentucky 
with two-way communication for 
Army, and commercial lines making 
emergency use of that field. 



ATS Talent Spiels 

American Television Society meet- 
ing at the Museum of Modern Art, 
N, Y., tomorrow night (Thura.) will 
have as theme, "Talent Looks at 
Television" with speakers panel 
lined up by Selma ,Lee, William 
Morris video specialist. 

Talent spiels are skedded from 
Peter Donald, Nanette Fabray, Pearl 
Primus, Paul Mann, Harvey Mar- 
lowe, Sgt. N. Gayle Gilterman, ex- 
MGer, and Ruth Carmen, program- 
mer for moppet shows. 



Hurd's Monitor Blast 
At Singing Commercials; 
lauds Bannister Policy 

Boston. March 13. 

"Singing Commercials" drew u>e 
ire of Volney B. Hurd in a by-lined 
story in the Christian Science 
Monitor Saturday HO). 

He quoted Harvard's Professor 
Harlow Shapley indignant remarks 
after Toscanini during a broadcast 
"made me a communicant in a 
majestic ethereal cathedral" only to 
have an advertising jingle follow 
the program that "prostituted a great 
8rt in the interest of immediate 
cash return to the broadcasting 
industry and its commercial 
patron. ..." 

Hurd went on to praise Harry 
Bannister, manager of Detroit's 
WWJ, for Making the "courageous 
step to bar transcribed spot an- 
nouncements. 

"That this pioneer step drew 
down the fire from the very ad- 
vertising agencies who give him 
business, a threat to his bread and 
butter— along with the loss of much 
spot business— calls for the greatest 
commendation Tor Mr. Bannister. It 
is one of the bright promises for 
the future of radio, for Mr. .Ban- 
nister is a realistic commercial radio 
operator and no starry-eyed idealist. 
And while it is the ideal of good 
taste that must be aimed at, it is 
the Bctual practitioners of the radio 
art in the hard-boiled business end 
on whom we must depend to put 
whatever idealism may be sought 
into actual practice." 

WJZ-Blue Network came in for 
a round of applause for eliminating 
all spot announcements between 8 
and 10 p.m. 



Butch Throttbbottom 

NaatMt bit of casting to crop 
up In years has Victor Moot* 
penoilled In for tha "Inner Sanc- 
tum" Tuesday night CBS ohlller. 
Vicious Vic will make his debut 
as a torpedo after having been 
forced to hide his true talents in 
roles ot timid vice presidents 
and G.O.P. senators for. years. 

He Bogarts April 8, as pres- 
ently skedded. 



Burns & Allen Disc 
Policy on Repeater 

Coast repeat on the Burns &c Allen 
Monday night CBSer has segued, into 
an electrical transcription affair with 
turntables replacing- the in-the-fiesh 
performance heretofore aired for 
Coast outlets at 11:30 p.m. (EWT). 

Move is seen as having some sig- 
nificance inasmuch as^ it could cue 
similar moves by other topflighlers 
now kicking in with two live per- 
formances because of the cross coun- 
try time. differential. Use of platters, 
of course, is to the advantage. of the 
performers but agencies: sponsors 
and networks frown on the practice. 

B&A decision not to do a repeat, 
naturally, eliminates goodwill accru- 
ing to Swan and CBS . through dis- 
tribution of "freebies" for the repeat 
Hollywood show. Musicians,, extras, 
announcers, guests,, etc., will be paid 
just as though they actually went 
through two broadcasts so there'll be 
rio squawk on that end. 

Nevertheless, the network empha- 
sis on live performances means that 
the e. t. repeat policy is not a wel- 
come one. only persons actually hail- 
ing the move being, the performers. 
And even on that end there's a slight 
possibility some of the actors might 
miss listening to that applause not 
once, but twice, the same night. 



HERB MOSS CHECKS OFF 
70RC AFTER 5 YEARS 

After five years as producer of the 
•Truth or Consequences" NBC pro- 
gram. Herb Moss is checking off the 
show. Ralph Edwards' program will 
henceforth originate from the Coast 
(last N. Y. broadcast was last (10) 
Saturday 7 with Moss deciding to 
remain behind because of television, 
theatre commitments and his pro- 
duction chore on the Hildegarde. 
program. 

Edwards, who has at least one pic 
commitment, may decide to stay on 
the Coast permanently and if so the 
Mops split will likewise be perma- 
nent. Meanwhile, Edwards is pick- 
ing up a producer on the Coast with 
an announcer also filling in on the 
'T or Q" gimmicks. 



Aussie Rep in U. S. For 
Postwar Radio Angles 

Colin Simpson. Australian news- 
paperman (Sydney Sun) and radio 
writer for ABC chain in that coun- 
try, Is in the U. S. until after San 
Francisco conference Of United Na- 
tions. 

.• He's surveying postwar angles for 
radio and press alike. 



Hooper Tells Chi Mgrs. 
Radio's Here to Remain, 
Cites 30 Million Messages 

Chicago. March 13. 

Radio advertising is the "least 
speculative, most efficient and eco- 
nomical" form of reaching the pub- 
lic yet devised, according to C. E. 
Hooper. Speaking here last Wednes- 
day il), before the Chicago Radio 
Managers Club, the head of the 
Hooperating service declared: 

"Radio costs less. There is noth- 
ing to print— no paper and ink bill, 
nothing to mail or deliver by hand, 
no postage, circulation department 
or delivery boy bill. Low operating 
cost, with a potential 30,000.000 or 
more advertising messages delivered 
within a single half-hour, creates not 
a speculative but a conservative 
foundation on which the advertiser 
may build with confidence and 
security." 

Hooper conceded the wide differ- 
ences between well-produced and 
well-transmitted radio, and "the 
sputtering signal of a 'coffee-pot' 
playing a cracked and worn record.'.' 
But, lie declared, radio advertising 
is out .for the . 30,000,000-message 
potential. 

He warned, however, that, like 
old-fashioned merchandising, "yvhen 
the silversmith or the shoemaker 
could only discuss his product with 
the customer if he was in his pres- 
ence," radio advertising must be 
sure that the customer is listening. 
It's competition for the . listeners; 
who can hear only one program at 
one time, that makes radio-Iact re- 
porting important to all in radio. 
Such reporting, he said, "creates a 
continuing pressure on the ingenuity 
of you competing .'practitioners .to 
devise more effective means of uti- 
lizing what you learn." 



Army Air Force 
Show for Blue 
Is Real Thing 

The Army Air Force is producing 
an ambitious new program set to tee- 
off on the Blue network early next 
month featuring actual dogfight and 
bombing mission eyewitness ac- 
counts from the lips of flying pilots, 
gunners, observers, etc. Show is for 
sale and a pre-broadcast platter, al- 
ready has been auditioned by the 
Bend ix company. 

Titled "The Fighting AAF,'.' the 
Army package will' be aired 1:30-2 
p.nii Saturdays. Format includes a 
chin session with top Air Corps per- 
sonnel,. Gen. H. H. "Hap" Arnold be- 
ing set for the preem, music by the 
AAF band and transcribed scene- 
of-action interludes from the Euro- 
pean and Pacific theatres. 

Ten teams of three combat cor- 
respondents each have been assigned 
by the Air Force to gather material 
for the program. The combos con- 
sist of a producer; writer and en- 
gineer who'll prepare wire record- 
ings of combat experiences as re- 
lated by the flyers while engaged on 
actual missions.. These will be flown 
back to the U. S. and dubbed off on 
discs for use on the Blue broadcasts. 

Army overall production will be 
handled by Maj. Freddie Brisson. 
public relations officer for the Air 
Force, and . Capt. Percy Lafterty, 
former junior producer at CBS. Maj. 
Brisson, son of the nilery and screen 
star, Carl Brisson,. and husband of 
film actress Rosalind ' Russell, was a 
Hollywood agent . before joining up. 

The Blue has assigned Jack Byrne 
as network producer with Adrian 
Samish and Bud Barry acting as gen- 
eral supervisors; An all out publicity 
campaign has been lined up for the 
prQgram under the personal direc- 
tion of Fred Srnith, Blue v. p. in 
charge of ads, promosh bally, with 
Carl Oswald of Earl -Mulling tub- 
thumping staff assigned on a fulltime 
basis. Trade news editor Ralph Glea- 
son also has been commissioned to 
apply the hypo through his regular 
channels. 

. Henry ("Here's Morgan") Morgan 
was among AAF personnel used on 
the platter auditioned by Bendix. 
Most of the members of the combat 
correspondent teams are radio vets 
with network or station experience 
before the war. 



^ W«dsmd«fr Mart* 14, 1945 

British Tele Decbh Same As FCCs, 
To Start iS-Uners Soon After War 



'Ant Mm' Scrsmahg 

Chicago, Maroh 18. 

"Aunt Jemima'' show, sponsored 
by Quaker Oat* and heard on the 
6:16-940 e.ni. slot over the Blue 
flve-tinies weekly, is being taken off 
with the March 16 broadcast. Spot 
is being retained by the cereal com- 
pany and will be Ailed by news- 
caster C~huok Acre, who has been 
signed for 19- weeks starting 
Maroh 18, 

The Aunt Jemima stint as an en- 
larged unit la expected to be back 
on the Blue network In June as a 
15-mlnute, five-times-a-week pro- 
gram If certain time dan be cleared 
by then. Account is , handled 
through the Sherman K. Bills office. 



Dept. Store slOOG 
Musical on WBBM 



Chioago, March 13. 

For tfce flrat time in local radio 
history, a department store chain 
is going all-out on an elaborate pro- 
gran? aimed to broaden the scope 
and quality of it« customers. In a 
deal involving the expenditure of 
$100,000 a year for a program, com- 
parable to network quality, the 
Weiboldt Department Stores, through 
the Needham. Louis & Brorb'y 
agency, have signed a 88-week con- 
tract for a half-hour musical ajiow 
over WBBM, 6:30-7 p.m. CWT, Mon- 
days, starting Maroh 19. 

Show will have a 26-plece orches- 
tra under the direction of Caesar 
Petrillo; Russ Brown, baritone; the 
Bennett Sisters trio; June Marlowe, 
Weiboldt's fashionist, who will con- 
tinue over WMAQ six mornings a 
week on her own show; and K. T. 
Stevens, o.f "The Voice of the Tur- 
tle" cast, who will be the first of the 
weekly guest , stars. Gil Faust will 
produce the Effie Cook script, with 
Ken Nordine as m.c. 

Extensive exploitation plans have 
been laid in . conjunction with the 
broadcasts, which include window, 
newspaper and direct mail lieups. 
Shows will be aired from an audi- 
ence-studio with prln led programs 
for the seatholders and a fashion 
show following each broadcast. 



WEBC, ERIE, TO NBC 

Effective June. 15 WERC. Erie. Pa., 
drop's out of the CBS. camp and be- 
comes an NBC affiliate. Station is 
owned by the Piesque Isle- B'casting 
Co. and operates on 1490 ke. 

Power is 250-watts. 



L&M MULLING SUMMER 
SUBS FOR OLD GOLD 

Summer replacement bees are 
buzzing in Old Gold's bonnet with S. 
James Andrews,' radio topper of 
Lennen & Mitchell agency handling 
the OG biz. currently on the Coast 
reviewing the situation. 

Present plans call for "Comedy 
Theatre,'.' the Harold Lloyd emceed 
filmscript adaptation series,, being 
revised somewhat for the hot weath- 
er run'. Contemplated is a parade 
of light comedy stanzas from orig- 
inal scripts using name performers 
when available. . Healthy budget 
slice is indicated what 'with Lloyd 
laying off and screen adaptation 
right fees eliminated. 

L&M look cognizance, of reports' 
that "Comedy" was being dropped 
by the sponsor and stated that, as. 
of the present, it's planned to resume 
the series in the fall along the same 
general lines with Lloyd, as far as 
it is known now, playing a repeat 
as emcee. 

. Summer replacer for "Which Is 
Which." the Ken Murray "true or 
false" identification program, has 
not been decided on as yet although, 
possibility looms a musical* stanza 
will get. the nod. OG also plans on 
bringing this show back after the 
hiatus, L&M declares. 

Dick Himber gives up the "which" 
baton job as of tonight (Wed.) with 
Lou Bring going in. Himber's due 
in N. Y. soon for "Abracadabra," 
musico-magic melange he plans to 
produce on Broadway, 



Ferenz Sez School Kid 
Ban Directed at WJR 
UwMJthorized Disc Use 

Detroit, March 13. 
Changing that he was misrepre- 
sented as ruling sohool children off 
the air, Jack Ferenz, president of the 
Detroit Federation of Musicians, 
said last week that hie ruling was 
aimed at preventing station WJR 
here from unauthorized use of a re- 
cording. 

Ferenz said that the station had 
planned to use a recording of a pa- 
triotic program in which 80 school 
children had sung chorals and that 
his action was not based on the fact 
that proper clearance was not ob- 
tained for their appearance on the 
radio program with a non-union 
pianist. 

Since; the station planned on using 
a recording, Ferenz pointed .out, the 
union should have been approached 
in proper time for him to get a 
clearance from the international of- 
fices, in New York. Sole autonomy 
for approving the use of recordings 
is vested with the International. 
Ferenz added that the station could 
have made a playback instead of a 
recording and that if he had given 
approval to the latter "it might have 
opened the way to the use of unli- 
censed recordings." 



London, Maroh 18. 

Britain Is urged to begin opera- 
tions wKh its pre-WBr 406-line video 
as soon as possible after hostilities 
end In Europe, and to work toward 
1,000-line color and stereoscopic tele- 
vision for, the future, in the report 
released here last week by the Gov. 
ernment. Video Committee, which 
has been operating since 1943. 

The committee found 405-line pic- 
tures temporarily satisfactory for 8 
by 10-inch screens, thereby parallel. 
Ing in general the frequency alloca- 
tions for Video recently proposed 
In the U. S. by *e FCC. 

Other highlights of the: report: 

1. BBC is recommended ae the 
agency to handle Video. 

2. Immediate postwar television 
would be started at Alexandra Pal- 
ace. London, and then be extended to 
the provinces as rapidly as possible 
via radio and Coaxial cable trans- 
mission. 

3. Theatre Video in Britain will 
have to await 1.000-line definition. 
The committee . sees BBC and the 
British film interests working hand* 
in-glove on this, rather than compet- 
ing with each other. This apparently . 
means that J. Arthur'Rank will be • 
prime factor in theatre television in 
Britain, 

4. "Opportunities for export" in . 
television are seen if England Jump's 
in fast after the war. 

3. The committee finds no special 
advantage in shifting from British 
405-llne definition to American Mi- 
line pictures, but says , this can b,e 
accomplished without too much diffi- 
culty and receivers can be adjusted' 
to 925 lines, 

"War research has produced little 
information and no discovery of a 
fundamental character bearing di- 
rectly on television, although It has 
very greatly expanded the. technique 
of the radio engineer," the report 
said. 

"The (405-line) standard of defini- 
tion gives a very satisfactory pic- 
ture (of 8 by 10 inches') In the home, 
but is not adequate for the large 
cinema screen, which requires a defi- 
nition equivalent to 1,000 lines. Our 
recommendation is that the pre-war 
system of television on the basis of 
405-line definition should be restart* 
ed in London as soon as possible . 
after the cessation of hostilities wr 
Europe. The service aould be in" 
operation within nine to 12 months. 

"It would, however, obviously be 
unjustifiable to proceed with the 
rapid extension of the old television 
system to the provinces if the inten- 



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'CHARLIE CHAN' AS SUSTAINER 

"Charlie Chan," which finishes: up 
for R Ac H Beer as a half-hour once- 
weekly show on WJZ, N. Y., April 
5, becomes a 19-minute across-the- 
board series on the Blue, beginning 
April 9. 

Show, a Chick Vincent package, 
will be aired on a local Co-op basis 
in the 6:45 to 7 p.m. slot Mondays 
through Fridays. 



few years In favor of an en 
new one! We believe the old system 
will continue to appeal to many peo- 
ple, even after the new system has 
been introduced. On the assumption 
that the same program can be used 
for two systems, we think that de- 
velopment plans should be made on 
the assumption that two systems 
would be operated side by side for 
some time. 



BROMO DROPS 'SAINT/ 
HIT BY SHORTAGES 

Hollywood, March 13. 

Emerson Drug (Bromo Seltzer) is 
dropping "The Saint" at close of Hie 
first cycle March 31.' Write-off. Is 
charged to "reasons beyond our 
control," indicating shortage of in- 
gredients for headache powder. 

Show has averaged 11 rating, top* 
ping its predecessor, "Ellery Queen," 
dropped because of coin hike. 
"Saint" cost around $3,900 weekly. 
Client continues on the air with 
"Vox Pop." 



Connie Bennett's Blue 
Pact Nixes Chi Package 

With Constance Bennett under an. 
exclusive contract to the Blue net- 
work, excepting guest dramatic shots 
oh nighttime shows and Sunday aft- 
ernoons, web execs.' say.- in effect, 
there ainl' gonna be no 5G package 
show built around the star's life and 
times, as claimed o\il of Chi. re- 
cently. ' '. ' 

Option on Miss Bennett's Blue ex- 
clusive has just been lifted, It was 
stated Monday.' (5), 'with cross-lhe- 
board series skedded as part of the 
net's, co-op lineup in the 1:30 slot 
and set to preem on May 14. She'll 
do a commentary stanza. Jules Al- 
bert! claims; too, he's got an ex- 
clusive on agenting Miss Bennett ■ 



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If "Variety" were to, judge its 12th annual SHOWMAN- 
AGEMENT. survey of American radio stations solely upon 
the collective efforts made in behalf of the important but 
nonetheless obvious contributions to the winning of the 
war, the symbolic if temporarily ersatz plaques would 
have to be ordered in wholesale lots. 

A southern radio station that based its entry on its Red 
Cross blood plasma campaign found a worthy match in a 
similar' broadcasting program launched in New England; 

The record-breaking bond sales turned in by a prosper-, 
ous 50 k.w. station in the prosperous midwest only topped 
a tiny 100-watter . in the desert because it could reach 
more people. 

A showminded station we heard from devoted pages 
of its entry to a chronicle of its hometown coverage of the 
European fighting front. "Anybody here from West Vir- 
ginia?" asked an eager broadcaster as the boys hit the 
beachheads. But almost tripping over his recording equip- 
ment came a corps of other station reps seeking out heroic 
Ohioans, Pennsylvanians, Jerseyites. 

Now don't get us wrong. "Variety" vigorously applauds 
what these stations, large and small, have done and are 
doing for the blood plasma needs, the war bonds, the big 
league invasion reports. And for the other efforts, victory 
gardens, recruiting, absenteeism, etc. 

These things must be . done. And because they have 
been done so well, "Variety" and the listeners accept them 
as a matter of American form. 

As a matter of fact, no station can afford not to do these 
things. 

Sure, it's hard to absorb these patriotic responsibilities, 
what with manpower shortages and war-done-in equip- 
ment. And knowing when to say yes and no to the mil- 
lion and one government agenoies and local civic groups 
requires the combined patience, diplomacy and time that 
make the perfect radio station operator. 

Accepting these handicaps "Variety," in analyzing them 
and finding them pretty well standardized, still says— . 
NOT ENOUGH. 

Not enough because after three years of war and 
casualty lists, a plaque for a blood plasma campaign 
should go to some kid sweating it out at Iwo Jima. 

Not enough because if there's still some rugged, indi- 
vidualist within earshot of a transmitter who doesn't 
know the value of a war bond it's silly to waste kilowatt 
juice on him. 



Not enough because the radio station- knows its life 
depends on its independent integrity today and tomorrow. 
Not- getting its call letters shortwaved by special corre- 
spondents is like the New York Times not bothering with 
its own war reportings, but content to rely on the wire 
services. • 

Therefore "Variety" goes one step further to single out 
those radio stations that in 1944 went one step further in 
their basic obligation to the American people. 

. .To the New York station that went one step further 
and gave a calm and sincere acknowledgment to the 
Negro's place in this war. 

...To the tiny California border station that has a 
United Nations Good Neighborhood within kilocycle ear- 
shot and knows what to do about it. 

. . . .To the Oklahoma and Georgia stations that not only 
recognized a major agricultural problem, but cured it. * 

. . , .To a Philadelphia station that had the gutSgto fac- 
tually report an ugly racial flare-up and quicken its elim- 
ination. 

..'.•.To a pair of prominent outlets that worried about 
their community's health and did something about it. 

... To an Oregon station that went one step further 
and had its community colleagues following in its path. 

The call letters and specific .deeds, along with a half- 
dozen others are duly acknowledged on another page. 

What they did could have been, in most cases, dis- 
creetly, avoided. Their^Red CrossTwar bond and victory 
farm jobs wrapped up in gaudy brochures would have 
■made for them a respectable report. BUT THE EXTRA 
STEP MADE THE DIFFERENCE; 

And it will make a difference to the boys from their 
towns who are taking those bigger steps toward Berlin 
and Tokyo, because those that do come home will have 
a lot less steps to take. 

" Let this recognition from "Variety" have one basic pur- 
pose: to encourage the 700-qdd radio stations to don kilo- 
cycle seven league boots in 1945. so . that, their cautious 
steps turn into positive sure-footed strides on the clean 
and healthy road charted so carefully by those three top 
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Fostering Racial 
Good Will and 
Understanding 



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WMCA, New York 
KXO, El Centro, ini. 
WI1', Philadelpiiia 

It doesn't take guts to ask Amer- 
icans to give money or blood. No 
listener is going to cower when you 
ask him to think about hospitalized 
veterans. When there's a war going ] 
on, it's smart to wave the flag. ' 

Almost all of the entries received ] 
for "Variety's" 12th annual Show- 
management survey pointed up the 
above mentioned endeavors. These 
efforts have not gone unnoticed. But 
finding a tough and honest appraisal 
of what a station did to foster ra- 
cial good will and understanding 
was another matter: Too many sta- 
tions^ adopted the convenient ostrich 
technique, delicately refused to look 
a major problem squarely, in the eye. 

But from New York, where more 
people of more colors and races live j 
together than anywhere in the \ 
world, came a strong and hopeful 
voice, and the voice belongs to | 
WMCA. 

Last year WMCA won a plaque 
for Its Christmas Day personal mes- 
sages from GI's overseas. That serv- 
ice was . duplicated in 1944. . Fortu- 
nately WMCA didn't neglect the 
winning of this war around the cor- 
ner from the studio, 

WMCA knew It couldn't isolate its 
•/fort to foster raeial good. will. It 
had to be integrated with its over- 
all schedule. Therefore, in most of 
the things WMCA does there is a 
noticeable under-current of good 
will turned out by men of good, 
will. 

it oomes out clearly In such en- 
deavors as "New World A-Comin,' " 
a series dramatizing the contribu- 
tions of Negroes to the American 
way of life. It comes out in the 
forthright commentaries of Frank 
Kingdon, it comes out in the calm, 
careful labor arbitrations of Samuel 
Zack and it comes out in WMCA's 
decision to hire a Negro announcer 
without any Jim Crow pigeori-hol 
Ing. 



) intO, El Centro, Cal. 



KXO is located in El Centro, Calif. 
You've probably never heard of it. 
Well, it's a small city serving a rich, 
agricultural area. The people there 
are helping to win this war just as 
vigorously as anywhere else. They 
buy bonds, give blood, . and worry 
about the future. But El Centro 
differs from many other cities in one 
respect. It's a border town. Learn 
ing to live peacefully with another 
United Nation isn't a .'frost- war proj 
est of global-air proportions for El 
Centro. They've been doing it for 
years. The other United Nation is 
Mexico. And radio station KXO Is 
doing its bit to cement these rela 
tlons. 

KXO's full-time participation in 
El Centro's "Two Nations Celebra- 
tion" designed to further U. S.-Mcx- 
lcan understanding and alleviate a 
tough manpower problem won for 
it a definite niche in the community 
cornerstone. 

. Now big league celebrities seldom 
get to El Centro for war effort pro- 
motions. KXO has to use those tools 
at hand, A war bond speech con- 
test for school kids did the trick. 
KXO corralled the town's civic lead- 
ers for radio forums to talk now 
about those 800 post-war jobs El 
Centro has promised its young men, 
now far away. 

Now El Centro had a minor prob- 
lem, too. At Christmas time noiie of 
the merchants could turn up with a 
Sarita Claus. Everybody was too 
busy doing other things. But KXO 
solved that, produced the only Krin- 
gle in town. The kids of El Centro 
were grateful, but the volunteer an- 
nouncer who donned the red suit 
with the stuffings will never forget 
it. AFRA should have told him 
there would be days like that. 



I TO, Philad elphia 

WIP, Philadelphia's, understanding 
of a local problem was as far from 
KXO's efforts as the Quaker City 
Is from El Centro. But it just goes 
to prove the amazing flexibility of 



Special Citations 

r—. : — p : — — — 

MAYOR FIORELLO H. LaGUARRlA 

For setting a line example of the way in which radio can best serve a 
community and for proving conclusively that sincerity and intense desire to 
solve his community's problems far outweigh streamlined production tech- 
niques. Mayor LaGuardia merits a special niche among those who have 
helped radio take its rightful place. Utilizing New York's municipally-owned 
WNYC for his weekly homey chats each Sunday to discuss in a rambling, 
informal fashion "the vital issues of the day" (it may be a good soup recipe to 
help solve food shortages or a vehement tirade against "tin horn chiselers" 
of the Big Totfn or yet again a heart-to-heart talk on the education budget), 
the Mayor has so projected his personality into the home of every listener that 
the dignity of his office melts away and the resultant neighborly "over the 
fence" chit chat provides a deeper understanding of civic problems that other- 
wise might remain in the realm of politics. Ini charting a course that could 
easily be followed by other mayors in towns no matter how small or large. 
Mayor LaGuardia has demonstrated how radio fits into the community 
pattern. 

BRISTOL-MYERS CO. 

"Variety" this year is awarding a plaque to the sponsors of the Jerry 
Devine writteh-and-produced "Mr. District Attorney" on NBC for its realization 
that good commercial radio can also be good radio in spite of the fact that it 
has something to say. The fact that "Mr. D.A." in recent months has been 
right up there with the top-rating shows is ample proof that a program with 
guts can also pay off. In expounding controversial issues, propagandizing on 
social wrongs or' in exposing injustices, "Mr. D.A." has never jeopardized 
either the entertainment value or the drawing power of the program. To the 
contrary, the injection of realism has enhanced thege values. Bristol-Myers 
is reaping the benefits of its courage in respecting audience maturity. 

CRS PROGRAM REP ARTMEXT 

(For "Assignment Home") 
The CBS program department, in cooperation with the Army Service 
Forces, including its commanding general, Lt Gen.' Brehon Somervell, has, 
in "Assignment Home," come up with one of the outstanding shows of the 
year, projecting into the limelight the most acute and challenging problem 
of the day — the necessity of educating the public at home to a full under- 
standing of the emotional problems of the maladjusted veteran and to clarify 
the complex attitudes and situations involved in the reabsorption of the GI 
into a postwar society. After three months on the air, it remains the No. 1 
contribution of radio in exploring these problems with a maximum of enter- 
tainment value. As such it stands as a tribute to Douglas Coulter and his 
associates, Maj. Edward Byron, who directs the seriesr Robert Heller, the pro- 
ducer; Sgt Arthur Laurents, who has done a notable scripting job, and the 
- many CBS stations which, realizing the worth, have relinquished commercial 
time to carry the program. 

NBC PROGRAM DEPARTMENT 

(For "Words at War") ' 
To the NBC programming .department goes the oredit for dramatislna 
some of the finest words that have come out of the war dealing with the vital 
issues that confront the country today. In "Words At War" NBC and Its very 
able staff, in cooperation with the Council of Books in Wartime, gave the 
American public — or at least that Begment of it that listens to the radio at 
11:30 p.m. — such notable presentations as "Assignment U.S.A." which exposed 
homefront bigotry and prejudice; "Scapegoats in History"; "War Criminals 
and Punishment" and touched on other subjects of equal importance. The 
., courage it has displayed in its choice of subject matter has won It wide 
recognition and was rewarded last summer by Johnson's Wax sponsorship 
of the program in the cream time occupied by Fibber McGee and Molly. 



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GEORGE HICKS 

Nine months after D-Ddy, George Hicks' documentary coverage of 
Normandy invasion still remains the most exciting broadcast of the war. Wei 
equipped by his background to dramatize on-the-spot events. Hicks com- 
mandeered all his resources to report to the American people, via a four-net- 
work pooling arrangement, the stark reality of a fateful day in history. It was 
an honest job of factual reporting, done in a calm manner that never sub- 
jugated the actual news to the dramatic values. And above all it demon- 
strated the effectiveness of documentary reporting when treated with the 
sincerity and ability that Hicks gave his now-historic D-Day coverage. 



a' war-minded, social-conscious U.S. 
radio station. 

WIP. minced no words. ''WIP feels 
that pussyfooting is not the proper 
procedure for a radio station to fol- 
low during a dangerous controversial 
trouble in Its town.". 

Well, staid old Philadelphia had a 
dangerous problem, the transporta- 
tion flare up, flamed by anti-Negro 
elements, disrupting Philadelphia's 
war work, WIP made sure its listen- 
ers knew the score. It sent its spe- 
cial events. crew to the trouble spot, 
advised the public what to do to pre- 
vent further bloocfshecl, offered its 
facilities to both factions, provided 
FBI officials with evidence. 

WIP looked for a contributing fac- 
tor to the trouble, found it in nearby 
liquor dispensing establishments, 
WIP urjfed harried Mayor Samuel to 
close these shops. He did. 



: Local Station 

Initiative 
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< KEY. Toronto 

CKEY, Toronto is the story of an 
idea and how it grew. It is .the 
story of a small beginning and a big 
future, Fifty-two people working to- 
gether, planning together; admitting 
no other objective but that of making 
their. radio station representative of 
a great Dominion. 

When. 32-year-old Jack Cooke 
bought the station in 1944 it was a 
poor third. Fused with ambition 
and ideas, CKEY not only invigorated 
and delighted its listeners, but 
evoked news recognition from Time, 



Tide. "Variety," the Canadian press. 
Cooke cooked up a sound program 
format. He instituted block pro- 
gramming, kept oontroj of his pro- 
gramming out of the hands of ad- 
vertisers, instituted a 24-hour 
operation, a purposeful continuity. 
He tossed out his. Mutual franchise 
because he felt his station had more 
to gain as a. local' independent. He 
threw out the plug-uglies and com- 
mercial religion. And he didn't suc- 
cumb to the easy attention getters 
like money give-aways or distasteful 
promotions. Today, CKEY, is To- 
ronto's top know-how radio station. 
And business is good, very good. 

Jack Cooke and his gang are now 
building toward an expansion that 
fits into Canada's plans for the 
future of Its returning heroes. It's 
as simple as all that arid It's Jack 
Cooke's CKEY to success. 



For Outstanding 
War Bond 
Promotion 



KOIN, Portland 

"We have not drawn the line that 
says, this is where our responsibility 
ceases." So wrote radio-wise C. W 
"Chuck" Meyers, mentor of KOIN 
Portland, Oregon, in submitting his 
proud station's entry! That these 
weren't just bright words penned by 
the promotion department, but a 
credo faithfully adhered to, is re- 
flected in the deeds of KOIN. 

KOIN did many worthwhile 
things to make it a powerful in- 
fluence in a lusty' state, but spe- 
cifically it was the way it tackled 
the sale of war bonds that made it 
mandatory for "Variety" to single it 
out for recognition. 

Oregon's per capita purchase of E 
bonds made it the first state in the 
Union in the Fourth loan, first in 
the Fifth, and a close second in the 
Sixth. Week by week KOIN kept 
up a clarion call, via the "Million 
Dollar Club"— the only program of 
its type consistently promoting war 
bond sales. KOIN just didn't make 
a splash when a memo from Wash- 
ington arrived or a visiting govern- 
mental executive neared their trans- 
mitter. 

KOIN's sock "Demand Per- 
formance" bond stunt which had its 
ace staffers performing, the whim of 
bond purchasers (for instance, 
newshawks James Wyatt sang "My 
Wild Irish Rose" for a $1,000 bond 
purchase) helped roll up $12,000,000 
worth of purchases in one day. 

KOIN was realistic,, didn't want a 
lion's share of the' credit. "It took ' 
the whole community to do the com- 
munity's war Job; The 1,500,000 
Americans in our area can drive 
toward a goal only when their ob- 
jectives are clearly defined. As 
broadcasters, defining these objec- 
tives was partly our job." 

Behind its divers endeavors KOIN 
had a basic purpose. Summed up 
Meyers: "We want our boys to come 
back to a community that knows 
where it's going." 



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Outstanding 
Program Origination 

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KLZ, Denver 

The inertia that envelops too many 
network ' stations particularly v in 
these war days when alibis can be 
pulled out as easily as recordings, is 
not evident at KLZ, Denver. KLZ 
could have done its job the easy 
way, drawing almost exclusively 
upon the CBS p rogram output. 

But when KLZ mapped out its 
wartime operation many months ago 
it was determined to make its local 
programming a stand-out feature. 

"Surely, out of the maze of radio's 
many accomplishments there is a 
small light that beams out for the 
station that holds high the banner of 
local, live-talent programming in. all 
its needed categories," writes KLZ's 
Hugh Terry. "A station that" gives 
top priority to production quality. A 
station that realizes Its own produc- 
tions ebmpete^not with the best the 
other locals have to offer, but with 
the best the networks, have to offer, 
as far as the listeners are concerned. 
A station that does not attempt to 
'but-network the network on pro- 
grams the network can do better' 
but rather turns toward doing a net- 
work-quality job on local programs 
of specialized Interest .. and serv- 
ice that the network never could 
handle." 

- KLZ . not only_jnade the promise 
but came through with the perform- 
ance. Sparked by ^Highlights of the 
Rockies," one of the most thoughtful 
and ambitious locally-produced 
series of the year, KLZ did not con- 
fine its own program initiative to, 
one-specific production 'type. 

• In almost every category, KLZ 
home-made -thinking, writing and 
production asserted itself: Religions 
broadcasts, education, Americana, 
the war and its impact on the state 
and city, children's programs (in- 
cluding one which the kids put on 
all by themselves), news, farming, 
and the armed forces. 



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WTAG, Worcester 

Wendell Wlllkie would hove liked 
WTAG. Worcester, what it stands for 
and what if* trying to do. For 
WTAG, in what is perhaps the most 
exciting fgrward-looking radio plan 
of the .year, has brought Wlllkie's 
One World to the 9treets and hearts 
of an industrial Massachusetts city. 

WTAG reasoned that the only way 
to like your neighbors is to know 
them. And today and tomorrow, 
Worcester's neighbors aren't just the 
folks across the state line in Con- 
necticut, but peasants in Poland, 
cobblers In Czechoslovakia, farmers 
in Fiance and workmen in another 
Worcester— England. 

As WTAG expresses it, "The test 
ot tomorrow lies in the text of to- 
day. With foresightcd wisdom and 
leadership, radio in the present can 
trace the way to the frontiers of .the 
future, paving new paths toward 
post-war progress," 

"Worcester and the World" was 
the project. Originated by WTAG's 
program head, David Harris, the 
project was built around a series of 
United Nations weeks, with each 
week devoted to one Ally. WTAG 
couldn't sponsor such an ambitious 
project without full support of the 
community so all elements of .the 
elty were resourcefully blended. 
. Endorsed In proclamation by the 
Mayor, each week the flag of the 
nation honored that particular week 
flew from the olty hall staff. Libra- 
ries, schools, department and other 
stores, women's clubs, colleges, city 
bureaus, museums, forums, art 
■chools, the press, and of course, 
WTAG, coordinated their efforts to 
bring the story of each United 
Nation to Worcester. United Nations 
emissaries came to Worcester. Our 
Government cooperated. These na- 
tions didn't remain strange lands or 
unpronounceable words, but people 
with hearts and courage and, oddly 
enough, believing in, what Worcester 
believes. 

Short wave exchange programs 
between Worcester and the allied 
nations climaxed th~e weekly 
tributes. In this way Worcester not 
only learned about its global neigh' 
bors and their ' mutual post-war 
interests, but they in turn learned 
about Worcester. 

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Helping the Farmer 
Fight This War 



And Win it 



WKY, Oklahoma « lly 
WSB, Atlanta 
WIS, Chicago 

Ever hear of grub control? It will 
sound mofe important If visualized 
as something that helps those price- 
less red points turn Into red meat". 
Down In Oklahoma, cattle raising is 
a way of life. To protect its livestock 
cattle men spend $10,000,000 yearly 
to wage war against livestock para- 
sites. When anyone can lend a 
helping hand In this fight, Oklahoma 
is grateful. They don't build a mon- 
ument but they remember and 
they're sure to listen to this bene- 
factor when he has something to say. 

That's how they, feel down there 
about WKY. WKY financed and In- 
augurated a grub control program to 
dust every head of cattle— some 20.- 
000, In north Pottawotomie county, 
«99 square miles. 700 pounds of 
oerrls dust was purchased by WKY 
and 428 youngsters, all future farm- 
ers, volunteered to apply the dust. 
8,000 head on 842 ranches were 
. treated. 

Even a "Variety" tenderfoot can 
understand WKY's part In the life of 
»s community. It's as sharply 
branded as any prize. Oklahoma 
steer. 




PLAQUE AWARDS 
FOR 1944 



FOSTERING RACIAL GOOD WILL AND UNDERSTANDING 

WMCA, New York KX0, El Centro, Col. 
WIP, Philadelphia 



LOCAL STATION INITIATIVE 

CKEY, Toronto 



FOR OUTSTANDING WAR BOND PROMOTION 



KOIN, Portland 



OUTSTANDING PROGRAM ORIGINATION 



KLZ, Denver 



HELPING TO MAKE ONE WORLD— BLUEPRINT FOR FUTURE 



WTAG, Worcester 



HELPING THE FARMER FIGHT THIS WAR AND WIN IT 

WSB, Atlanta WLS, Chicago 

WKY, Oklahoma City 



CONTRIBUTING TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH OF THE 
COMMUNITY 



WBT, Charlotte 



WTIC, Harliord 



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Contributing to the 
!: Public Health off 
the Community 



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WBT, Charlotte 
WTR. Hartford 

The dreaded polio struck the Caro* 
Unas' with unrelenting, fury in 1944.: 
By summer there were 500 cases. 
Epidemics don't wait for plans 
boards or brochures. Carolina and 
Jess Wlllard's WBT didn* wait 
either. 

WBT and Its 50,000 watts became 
a statewide public address system for 
hard-working medicos. Vital infor- 
mation had to get to the people' and 
WBT. became the instrument: Chil- 
dren must stay away from publio 
places. Hospitals needed - old 
fashioned hand wringers. Children 
recovering and needing activity for 
their throat muscles, could use har- 
monicas. WBT secured enough hand 
wringers in one day to meet the en-: 
tire need. WBT secured 460 mouth 
organs when, cynics- said there 
weren't 50 left in the state. 

Medical brains helped lick Caro- 
lina's polio. But every Carolina doc- 
tor knows WBT made the job a lot 
easier. 

Nor was WBT remiss in other 
war-slanted and homefront extra- 
curricular activities, once again tak- 
ing up the cudgels in behalf of Im- 
proved race relationship which had 
previously brought the station two 
"Variety" awards. WBT recognized/ 
that the long and bitter, struggle in 
which we're engaged has enormous- 
ly intensified the need" for unity and 
harmony at home and in 1944 the 
weekly programs of Dr. J. S. 
Nathaniel Tross, Charlotte's leading 
negro citizen, ' were directed at 
achieving this war aim, culminating 
in the CBS "People's Platform" 
broadcast from Charlotte on Dec. 16, 
marking the first. time In its history 
that Platform had a mixed panel. 



WTIC, Hartford 



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Whereas WBT hau a scourge at its 
, doorsteps and acted, Hartford's 
| WTIC used its facilities in antjeipa- 
I tlon of one. WTIC learned that alco- 
holism was health problem number 
! Tour and particularly aggravating in 
war time. Not a moral depravity but 
a disease, WTIC decided to awaken 
and educate Its listeners to its pauses 
and. cures. 

In cooperation with Alcoholics 
Anonymous, ,WTIC"b Paul Morency 
and Leonard Palricclll arranged for 
u series of broadcasts, presenting 
case histories faithfully dramatized 
and narrated by actual ex-alcoholics. 
WTIC didn't want too many . Last 
Weekends in Connecticut, Not a 
pretty subject but an important one, 
brought out into the airwaves by a 
front line radio operation. 



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-With Dignity and!! 
Honesty 



gia farmer understand many things—- 
erosion, the death rate of chickens, 
the 101 OPA regulations. 

And just to make sure Georgia 
farmers knew they weren't the only 
ones sweatin" and cussln', WSB . In 
cooperation with the BBC. broadcast 
many a short wave transcription 
telling about their British friends of 
the soil. 

WSB gave help, then asked for it. 
On Bond Harvest Day. WSB sold 
$10,000,000 worth of bonds to Georgia 
farm families. 



J WBB, Atlanta 



In another' agricultural area 
Georgia, WSB. Atlanta used it's 50.- 
MO watts power and more Important, 
"strain power to help the man be- 
hind the plow. A series of programs 
were inaugurated to help. the Geor- 



WLS, Chicago 



And Prairie Farmer station WLS 
of Chicago proved to Its listeners 
that It has a right to be remembered 
for more than . the National Bam 
Dance when it originated the most 
ambitious rural ond agricultural air 
series of the year. Titled "Managing 
Your Farm, 1 ' it included 28 stories 
nil dedicated to one purpose; help- 
ing the American farmer fight this 
war and win It. 



Special Three-Way Citation 

To Arthur aodfrey-WABC, N. Y.-WT0P, Washington 

Arthur Codfrey, the human alarm clock of WTO P, Washington, 
and- WABC, New. York, perhaps did more than any one radio per- 
former tq'help the Red Cross' urgent need for blood plasma. 

His GAPSALS; "Give A Pint. Save A Life Society" got 2,083 pints 
ot blood from listeners that perhaps might hot have been extracted 
any other way. 

Godfrey appeared on 14 programs, made 30 live station break.-;, 
averaged 10 extra air appearances a day, rounded up 527 new donors' 
before 10 a.m., and practically turned his own a.m. shots into a one- 
man blood bank. 

Just recently he made his own ninth appearance at the blood -bank. 

After his first campaign the Navy whisked Arthur away for a tour . 
of Pacific fighting fronts so he could see. first hand, what blood plasma 
- is doing to save lives, . 

Godfrey doasn't need a plaque from "Variety.'' He got his reward 
in the appreciative and tired eye* of a wounded Marina on soma 
God-forsaken island. 



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Any honest appraisal of the home 
front contribution toward breaking 
down prejudices must of necessity 
include the untiring work Of - the 
American Jewish Committee. During 
the past year it utilized the facilities 
of radio to help do a colossal job and 
it helped demonstrate anew that this 
individual and personalized method 
of getting across a message provides 
a wide scope that can't be matched. 

Behind such important broadcasts 
sponsored by the AJC . as "Battle of 
the Warsaw Ghetto," ''Behold the 
Jew," "The Golden Calf" and others 
has been the single-minded motive 
of fostering understanding by pre-* 
sentlng the historical and religious 
life, of a people with dignity and 
honesty. * ' ' 



War Casualty 

The plaques awarded by "Variety™ 
have, through the years, been mad* 
of bronze. . V 

Because of the demand of metal 
for the war, the plaques for the 1044 
Showmanagement survey, as In tha 
case of 1043, will be of a composition, 
not coming within the purview « 
essential material. 



Wednesday, Match 14, 194B 



Highlights: 1944 Showmanagemeiit Review 



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KPO, San Francisco: NBC's Gold- 
en (Sate flag$hip had the breathless 
Skidie Cantor in -town for a raft- 
rathon, 24-hour bond sellins pitch 
that left every 'one exhausted except 
Mr. G. Station also inaugurated a 
aerios called '"News In Advertising" 
which highlighted public service in- 
formation found in wartime ads 
placed in all media. 

WEEI. Boston. This 20-year-old 
GBS outlet made the Hub hum with 
e spirited promotion for war bonds, 
blood plasma and victory gardens. 
Jn the latter case the station's farm 
director Jesse Butfum practised 
what he preached. Three afternoons 
e week he dug a model victory gar- 
den in the staid Boston Common. 
For Boston's United War Fundi 
Burns & Allen were imported. 
WEEI's announcers school got 25 
desperate radio stations 27 needy 
replacements. 



Good Ideas Were Plentiful, Both In Adapting Station 
Resources to War and In Overall Showmanship 



WRYA. Richmond: A 1943 winner 
i turned in. another creditable per- 
I formance. Because there are nearly 
! 50 military installations in and 'near 
Richmond; WRVA went all out for 
the service men and \voinen, . get- 
ting "Smokes for the Wounded," 
construction of a War Mothers' 'Open'- 
.Canteen; Xhias gifts, and- organizing 
its own .modified version of a USO 
unit. 



CKLW, Detroit-Windsor.' 1943 win- 
ner raised. $40,000 for Xmas gifts for 
servicemen iir-the -area in a major 
ticiip with Detroit Times. 



CJC'A, Edmonton: 1943 winner in- 
creased its task of creating- mutual 
respect among various racial groups 
jiving in Alberta and a better un- 
derstanding of Canada. 



W1BX, lillca: Its half-hour week- 
ly dramatic series. "Cross Rhoads" 
was cast exclusively with wounded 
veterans from Rhoads General Hos- 
pital. 



WHO.. Des Moines: The trust and 
faith listeners have in a sturdy radio 
slatioii is best examplified here. A 
-farm wdinan received $11,500 in an 
estate settlement. She asked WHO 
to invest the money for her, WHO 
did— in war bonds. 

WOR. New York: R. H> Macy mint 
kept, up its reputation as. a news 
leader and geared itself for the fu- 
ture with television experiments, 
plans for transmitter, FM' and fac- 
simile improvements. . Station also 
instituted a retirement plan for its 
employees. 



West Virginia Network: An entry. 
Was first independent outfit to open 
its own Washington bureau under 
veteran newshawk Ray Henle. The 
regional web sent "Howard Chernoft 
to European fighting front to find 
Jiome state lads for his shortwave 
interviews. 



WMIN, St. Paul: WMIN got one 
of its best sponsors. The Emporium, 
independent department store, to 
bankroll a non-commercial series, 
"Star Spangled Action!" which aided 
community war effort drives. Store 
and station made its influence in the 
city a permanent thing. 



WBZ, Boston: Got the conserva- 
tive First National Bank to sponsor 
the conservative Fiedler Sunday 
eoncerts to win "Variety's" 1944 
Apley award. 



WTM J. Milwaukee: Found a 6 ft. 
4 in. war worker, dressed him up as 
Uncle Sam, : and with all the stops 
put. put on a slam-bag war bond 
ballyhoo. 



KMBC, Kansas City: Stressed the 
danger- of .juve delinquency and 
helped recruit 8.000 Big Brother club 
members. Station made quite a 
thing of its promotion efforts that 
won't go unnoticed .oh Madison ave- 
nue. 



WOV, New York: A winner in 
1943, station renewed its efforts' for 
racial tolerance, particularly among 
its Italian., listeners. Even had its 
dapper disk jockey. Alan Courtney, 
promote "Tolerance Through Mu- 
sic." As. .WOV's publicity director, 
Lola Wpursell put it, "1944 Was a 
Year of" Crisis'' and WOV made sure 
none of its listeners forgot it> 



WCAE, Pittsburgh: Flattered local 
Fourth Estate with caricatures of 
scribes attached to WCAE flock 
flood. 

WLW, Cincinnati: Radio's kilo- 
cycle Gargantua sent its own man, 
Jim Cassidy, overseas for hometown 
battle front coverage.. Got an adjec- 
tive-load of film stars to help war 
loan drives, and sent its own crew to 
the political conventions to keep ears 
and eyes out for Ohio factors.. De-. 
feated candidate by the name of 
Bricker came from Ohio. WLW's 
powerful short wave station worked 
for the government effectively. 



W1IAS, Louisville: "Mama's mak- 
ing planes and pop's making boats." 
explained a. Louisville moppet , and 
that was the' key to WHAS's series 
"What Are You Doing for Victory?" 



WCCQ, Minneapolis: Larry . Haeg, 
the rural vox popper had his mo- 
bile farm unit bouncing over every 
pebble in Minnesota to render serv- 
ice to WCCO's huge farm, audience. 



WCAU, Philadelphia: Arranged 
six forums to promote RKO's radio- 
promoted film "The Master Race." 



WHOM, Jersey City: Recently 
purchased by the Cpwies, ' WHOM 
had to clean house quickly and in- 
telligently. Foreign language shows 
went out the door, along with com- 
mercial religion. Station- also sent 
out a big league promotion booklet. 
WHOM will bear watching by astute 
lime buyers, 



WHIO, Dayton: Keyed its efforts 
toward education by radio, originat- 
ing a WHIO Teachers Institute, Edu- 
cation In Music. Station. also formed 
a Plamandos group to help guard 
city playgrounds. 



WTOP, Washington: Hud a birth- 
day and shared it with' servicemen. 
Its women listeners evidently proved 
they listened to the station's home 
economists because' WTOP Wound iip 
with 326 birthday cakes. 



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WNEW, New York: A veritable 
warehouse of new program ideas, 
coming up with some 200 new shows. 
This productiveness helped increase . 
Its audience' 19 per. cent. Station's 
able press agent, Jo Hanson, helped 
get his station new-found respect in 
the'pr<iss. . 



CFRN, Edmonton: Canadian sta- 
tion has beeri.in this war since- 1930 
j»nd hasn't tempered 1U - efforts for 
one minute. When Alberta Provin- 
cial Government undertook a survey 
for post war reconstruction, CFRN 
contributed original dramatic scripts 
and time to ensure the. cooperation 
of the. citizens. AH phases, of Can- 
ada's war Job are given time on 
CFRN. 



WGAR, Cleveland: John Patt's 
slick station had its man Dave Bay- 
lor overseas getting the local angles. 
WGAR's motto might well be copied: 
"To think in "terms of the greatest 
good for the . greatest number, today 
and tomorrow." 



WIS, Columbia: Created a series 
of forums, participated in by the 
youths of the city, with full coopera-. 
tion of state's educational leaders. 



WJZ, New York: Alma Kitchen's 
"Home of Tomorrow" series . had a • 
skillet Jules Verne atmosphere about . 
it and WJZ kept up its Victory Troop 
unit for swing shifters' ■ .- 



WRC, Washington: Bid -yeom.-m 
service for the capital's 300,000 gov- 
ernment workers. 



KTUC, Tucson: Did smart scrap 
paper campaign in having refuse 
bins' signs mis-spelled. Tucsonians 
were alert to the mis-spelling but 
not so quick on paper salvaging. The 
trick helped. Gimmick got KTUC 
Readers' Digest publicity. 



WSKB, McComb: Has leased 7,- 
500 square feet for new site to pro- 
vide post war employment a.id exr 
pansion-. 



WBIG, Greensboro: Helped reduce 
absenteeism from 16 to 1.4 per cent. 
Station did an enormous home front 
job explained succinctly by its head, 
Edney Ridge: "Our conscience would 
not let Us sleep and. we could not 
face the men and women who have 
left our staff !for the armed forces if 
we had done less.'* 



WNYC, New York: Glorified tha 
American fish to help its honorable 
Mayor make meatless days easier to 
digest. 

KMOX. St. Louis: KMOX has al- 
ways been , an aggressive sharp- 
sighted radio station, eager to give its 
big town on the river a cosmopolitan 
look. Like most stations that took 
inventory for "Variety's" Shojv- 
management, it was in there pitching 
for all the various war activities. It 
sold over $5,000,000 in bonds, pro- 
duced 4,650 blood donors, put on , 
extra-curricular shows for veterans 
in nearby hospitals. 

But KMOX went one important 
step farther. When KMOX did these 
many things It wasn't in second posi- 
tion to the competing newspaper or 
the banks or the department store, 
but most of the time, led the way, it 
beoame lmpraotical for any oivic- 
minded St. Loulsan to map out a 
major project without first making 
sure KMOX's facilities were avail- 
able. Nine times out of ten KMOX's 
facilities were ready and willing. 

The establishment of 17 Teentown 
Clubs which provided recreational 
facilities for teen age boys and girls 
helped St. Louis reduae its juvenile 
dilinquency by 41%. " Ae in other 
projects, It was KMOX that led the 
parade. 

And KMOX's frank and forthright 
series, "St. Louis Speaks" gave the 
community an intellectual shot in 
the arm. ■ 



War-ScripNf-the-Month Selections 

The Writers War Board, in coo ) )ei(iHo/i irith the Association for 
Education by Radio. ■ hrraiieed for recognition mid reissue of out- 
standing broadcasts deuling with issues of the. war. These were made 
vionlhly, occasionally more Own oiie script beiny chosen, und selec- 
tion becoming recoynized as an donor to the writer. -Matijf of them 
originally produced as network shows, these wur-scripls-of-the-month 
were made rinnildble in iniui'eoornpli form to about 700 oi-f/aiiUalibus 
for purely local, uo>i-<-o»iinerri«l, ■royalty-free tise. Selections were 
as follows: 

TITLE AUTHOR MONTH 

1. They Burned' the Books Stephen Vincent Benet 1st script 

2. Time Is Short Dorothea J. Le ,s 
8. All Out tor Davey Shirley Ward- 

4. Brothers Langston Hughes 

5. The Girl in the Red While and Peter Lyon and Woodle 



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Blue 

6. Armistice Day 

7. To the Young 

8. We Refuse lo Die 

9. The Nazi 

10. The Man Behind the' Gun 



. Day of Deliverance 
Torpedo Lane 
A Time lo Reap 
American Family 



Guthrie 
Erik Barnpnw 
Norman Curwin 
Paramount Pictures 
Janet. Brandes. 
David Harmon and Ranald 

MacDougall . 
William Rose, Benet 
Stuart Hawkins 
Stephen Vincent Benet 
Pearl S. Buck 



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15. My Brother Lives-Hr i 5taJingiad Sandra Michael 

16. Spirit of the Navy Alfred J. Bonomo 

17. Fiom_Corrcgidor II. Donald Spat/. 

18. Ellen Comes Through 

19. The Special Day 

20. Tomorrow Is Ours 
Reminder to the Free 
The Master Map of Europe 
Fighters in Dungarees 
The Voice in the Wind 



fhe Battle of iho Warsaw Ghetto. Morton Wi.shcngrad 



What's Wrong With Me? 
Good Neighbor 
These Are Americans 



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29. In the Scrvi-je of My Country 

30. The Candle and the Gun ' 
a 31. Lakh-Key Children 

32. Alignment: U. S. A. 

33. Is Fair Play Controversial 

34. Judgment 

35. Concerning the Red Army 

36. War Criminal* and Punishment 

37. The Golden Calf 

38. The Promise vs. the Deed > 
38. The Veteran Comes Back 

40. Foreigners Settled America 

41. Talk Their Language 

42. The Dead Are Not Liars 

43. Scapegoats in History 

44. There Arc Things to Be Done 



Priscilla Kent 
Arch Oboior 
Howard Fast 
Michael Greenwood 
Paul C. Wondbridge 
FranK B. Wells 
Nora Stirling 



live Merriam". 
Frank B. Wells 
Chel- Huntley and- 'Ernest 

Martin 
Langston Hughes 
Mal i' Vanofsky. 
Frank Wells 
Richard McDonagii . 
Chet Huntley 
Norman Williams ; 
Norman Rosten. 
Richard McDonagh 
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Beri Kagan - ^ ■ ' 11-44 

Grctta Baker 11-44 

Millard Lnmpill 12-44. 

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though, that last' week's "rebellion" 
is a definite threat to BMB, spear- 
headed as it was by Arde Bulova's 
WNEW, probably the iriost finan- 
cially successful indie in the U. S. 
Objections voiced by the non-net- 
wOrk stations revolve around' their 
belief BMB would adopt different 
j procedures for measuring audience 
size of non-affiliated outlets in . the 
N. Y. area c where conditions are 
such that one "yardstick" won't 
work in the cases of the web flag- 
j ships and the indies. ■ • 
I A suggested compromise outlined 
by WNEW to NAB researchers be- 
fore the BMB N. Y. pitch was 
launched, however, met with no suc- 
cess and a definite feeling prevails 
that, if NAB had been a little more 
diplomatic in replying to WNEW's 
mild-toned objections to the plan 
the "revolt of the indies" would not 
have been so explosive. 

On the other hand, those lined up 
with BMB are known to feel that 
the measurement plan is a step in 
the right direction, is founded on 
an honest desire to give' the- indus- 
try something it's been needing for 
years and should be applicable to 
indies and. web stations alike, re- 
gardless of program content or types 
of audience reached. 

Feitis. frank to admit that the 
N. Y. upheaval hadn't helped BMB 
a bit and would make tough' going 
on the rest of his itinerary, probably 
would stress. the "city slicker." angle 
iu his' arguments* at -Chi and else- 
where banking on. the admitted 
j "outside New York" antipathy to 
• the' big town to win friends for the 
plan. 

30",. In Boston 
Numerically, he pointed out. the 
number of stations cold-shouldering 
BMB in N. Y. is not loo important. 
He stressed that conservative Bos- 
ton came in at a 90% clip with 
comparable figures being racked up 
in other sections giving a total of 
approximately 325 outlets now in 
the fold. From a prestige and "size 
ot market'' angle, -however, last 



Survey 



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bobble a lazy oork In one of the blue 
lakes that do the spring lowlands 
. . . Anderson County."' 



Straighten Up and Fly Right 



WCBI, 
ordered 
Sikorsky 
Victory. 



Columbus 
a' helicopter 
to be 



Miss., 
from 
delivered 



has 
Igor 
after 



No Blueprint Now 

KPLT, Paris, Texas, says it's saving 
its blueprints for the future for the 
day when (he gang that's doing the 
fighting gets back. After all, KPLT 
says, they ought to give their 
opinions. 



Nothing Like Being Frank 

From WSPH, Springfield, Mass.: 
"very frankly we have done nothing 
of noteworthy contribution to get 
recognition as a substantial con- 
tributor to war activities." 



Paging Edgar Guest 
Here's how KNET, Palestine, 
Texas, sums up: "Setving Anderson 
County, where the 'dogwood trails 
blossom in snowy . white fragrance, 
where the bob whites whistle In' the 
'autumn brush, where the white perch 



HOLLYWOOD REPORT 

From 9. W. THOBNBURGtl 

(V.P. CBS) 

"You will note that Steve Brody 
did not dive from the KNX building 
and our leading, ohanteuse is not 
bathing in milk "(we barely get it 
With our cereal) but our showcasing 
is aimed at conforming to the tasles 
of a decidedly complex community. 
The Ham and Egg plan, remember, 
is just across the way from the 
leather-upholstered office of L. B. 
Mayer, which, in turn, borders the 
cloistered wisdom of our civilization 
as preserved in the Huntington 
Museum. Circumstance, therefore, 
dictates that we be folksy, intelli- 
gent, and smart all at once. It. is a 
case of playing to metropolitan 
house wearing an easy and sincere 
smile and seeing to It that the cut 
of oUr . waistcoat V- is substantially , 
correct.'* ■'. 

It's a neat triok if he oan do If. 



week's 'happenings can't be laughed 
off. 

Meanwhile, efforts will conliime 
to recruit the recalcitrant New- 
Yorkers individually: Craig Law- 
rence, of. WHOM (Cowles), report- 
edly is open to suggestions to heal 
the breach and the problem is in 
for a lot of study aimed at lining up 
the Manhattan contingent in BMB 
before the pWm actually goes into 
effect. 

Tipped is the: adoption of a plan 
whereby measurement figures 
gathered in the N. Y. area will be 
broken down for release in a form 
that will factually reflect type-of- 
audience info, etc., claimed by the 
indies as being "must's" if the prob- 
lem Is to be solved satisfactorily. 

Ittdlcative' of the. "New York's 



New York" stance is fact of WHOM's 
"No" to BMB while Other Cowles 
stations, WCOP, Boston; KB.NT, Dei 
Moines, and WOL, Washington, are 
going along. This is something BMB 
can't ignore inasmuch as it points up 
belief by the Cowles organization 
that the Gotham situation should be 
treated differently' than other radio 
markets. Cowles, of oourse, wants 
no special "favors'* as far as meas- 
uring WHOM goes, the other indies 
likewise, but they do want a "true 
picture," they insist. 

Defection in Manhattan, naturally, 
made total figures for NAB Dis- 
trict 2 look bad with nine N. Y. 
state outlets and one in New Jersey 
making a total of 13 out of 30. 
stations in the district joining, the 
BMB camp. 



Wednesday, M«»«n Uj 19M 



RADIO 



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CLEAN HOUSE OR ELSE' 



Style Sheet on Good Taste 

Washington, Maroh H>.. 

A style sliest on good taste In radio new6 sponsoraWp and^qo'm- 
merelals has been worked out here By the NAB- Radio News Som- 
mittee. Recommendations include: 

Stations should be oareful of the type of sponsorship sold news pro- 
grams since "what might be acceptable 'Sponsorship for one type of 
program! might ver«y well be questionable . sponsorship for a news 
program." 

It is urged that commercials be simple and straightforward, with 
novelties such as musical Jingles- being eliminated. A maximum of 

.150 words for commercials on a ftve-minute newscast and 25b-word 
commeroial on a 10-minute news program Is recommended. Commer-- 
clals should not' tie in with the news, and It is suggested 1 that a 
separate announcer handle the commercial. A clear, line of demarca- 
tion between commerolal and newa is urged. ' 
NAB goes after the practice of phoney "commentators" and "news 

'analysts." It says staff announcers should never be given, suoh titles 
unless they are analysts and commentators in fact. Radio sources 
should be properly Identified. 



Senate's FCC Budget Hearing Cues 
Broadcasting Franchise Tax Talk 




TELLS NAB GROUP 
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Washington, March 13. > 
Question of slapping a Federal 
fa-arichise tax on broadcast licensees 
ja up again, with FCC Chairman 
Paul A. Porlor directed to ■ make a 
report on the inatter to the Senate.. 

This was disclosed last Saturday 
(10) when the hearing* of the Senate 
Appropriations: Qommittee on. the 
RiO budget iqr the nejtt fiscal year 
were released. Senator Kenneth 
McKellar iD.., Tenn.) revived the 
matter, whloh hRS- been . dead for 
eeveral years. 

"We all have the knowledge that 
radio sta'tipns have been wonderfully 
Profitable," said McKellar at the 
gearings. "It is amaeing to see how 
they have,prospered. I am glad of it. 

"Being such, an enormously profit- 
able business, why could not the gov- 
ernment require either license fees 
• or some method of taxation that 
would not only make It tFCCl pay 
for itself, but would help Us pay the 
enormous debt thnt we arc obliged 
to pay?" 

Cites "Enormous" Profits 
MoKellar said that much of radio's 



ROMANCE PAYING OFF 



Even White (Wheeler Bill) Now 
Sympathy With FCC 



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Washington, Maroh 19. 
A tip-off on how suooessful Paul 
A. r Porter, FCC chairman, hag been 
with his polioy of romancing Con- 
gress, was given during th_e reoent 
Senate hearings op the FCC appro- 
priations bill for the fiscal year be- 
ginning July 1. 

After listening to Porter testify 
for a while, White,, en-author of last 
session's White-Wheeler bill, inter- 
jected: 

"I have been out of sorts with 
the' Federal Communications Com- 
mission in the past year or so. but 
I am in sympathy, with them now." 



''enormous profits" are due to adver- 
tising. "I have a radio," he' said, 
"and it looks to me like probably 
three-quarters of it Is devoted, not to 
news and eduoational purposes, but 
to advertising. Under those circum- 
stances, why cquld not a system of 
fees or taxation be used to pay the 
government for all this money we 
■ nave expended and perhaps make 
something oiit. of it for the govern- 
ment?" 

Porter commented that a special 
tak might put broadoasting at a dis- 
advantage with competitive advertis- 
ing media. He added that the broad- 
casters paid genera.) income and cor- 
porate taxes, and ttiat many of them 
were in the "excess" brackets. 

"You needn't be affgid of that." 
eoinmenled McKellar. "We will' take 
Kreml hair tonic., It' seems lo me 
that must be a matter of enormous 
profit. We have to listen to Kreml 
hair tonic every night and morning; 
and every time you turn on a radio. 
; some man repeats exactly what he 
'• said about Kreml hair, tonic before." 

Not » New Idea 

" Senator Wallace H. White, Jr. "tR., 
.Me.) -reealled that, when lie was a 
member of the House, many years 
ago, he had introduced* a bill" for 
greater taxation of . the. broadcasters. 

White said one . trouble with a 
franchise tax on broadcasters was 
that it might run counter' lo the Fed- 
eral policy of declaring that the sta- 
tions did not own, their frequencies. 
He said it might oramp the freedom 
of FCC to act. 

Senator Styles Bridges <R.. N. H.l 
immediately denied this. He pointed 
out that states charge license fees for 
insurance companies, but reserve the 
. right to revoke such licenses' for un- 
ethical action by the companies. 
One thing' that got under skins of 
- some of the Senators Was the exclu- 
. Jive tie-ups which webs make to: 
broadcast such events as the Army- 
Navy games and Kentucky Derby. 
Porter was 1 also asked to look into 
that. ... 

The Senate Gommittee's budget 
recommendations for FCC varied 
very little from the amount which 
we House had previously okayed. 



PhUly Federation Of 
Churches Backs WPEN 
Ban on Paid Programs 

Philadelphia. March 13. 
The Evening. Bulletin last week got 
the unanimous endorsement of the 
.Philadelphia Federation of Churches', 
representing the bulk of the Protes- 
tant ohurches in Philly, in the daily's' 
action in cancelling the large block 
of paid religious programs on WPEN. 
which the Bulletin recently acquired, 
j and putting most religious shows on 
a sustaining basis. 

The Federation, following a social 
meeting, issued tTTe following "state- 
ment: 

"We believe that Station WPEN is 
wholly within its rights, in accord- 
ance with the established policy of 
the Federal Communications Com- 
mission.' and is in harmony with the 
principles of religious liberty in es- 
tablishing its revised policy with re- 
gard to the broadcasting of religious 
programs which we understand will 
provide opportunity both for the 
purchase of time as well as free 
broadcasts. 

"We would assure WPEN of our 
confidence in its tolerance, fair- 
mindedness and its just distribution 
upon a completely representative 
basis." 

The Bulletin's hew policy would 
allot a bloc of Sunday radio time to 
representatives of the Protestant, 
Catholic and Jewish churches for 
free, with whatever time left over to 
be sold to what the station believes 
are "representative" clerics. WPEN 
seeks — in (he main — lo eliminate 
ministers Who dun their listeners for 
contributions and who represent no 
established congregations. 

The ministers whose programs 
have been cancelled effective April 
2. have, distributed more than 400.000 
circulars throughout the city calling 
on their followers to attend a. giant 
protest nioeting on Thursday <15 >. A 
full house 1 15.000 1 is expected.'-. 

Some of the programs have al- 
ready bought lime on smaller sta- 
tions; notably WHAT, operated by 
William Banks. WIP. Mutual. outlet 
here, was reported also getting ready 
to cancel pHid religious shows. 



Washington, March 13. 
- Broadcasting industry was warned 
Monday night- (12) by FCC Chair- 
man Paul A. Porter to clean house 
before, growing, public and Congres- 
sional dissatisfaction with increasing 
commercialization forces the Gov- 
ernment to_ take a hand, 
•Addressing the 4th District meet- 
ing of NAB at its annual dinner at 
the Statlev, . Porter discussed the 
growing commercial angle in the 
biz., 

"Many influential, broadcasters." 
he said, "have expressed to me deep 
concern over what they themselves 
describe , as an alarming trend to- 
ward excessive commercialism. 
Somehow there must be a determi- 
nation as. to whether broadcasting is 
si mply going to operate as an ad- 
verTSslng TnTd"e7rteTtainmeiit "media, 
or whether it .will continue to per- 
form in increasing measure . public 
service functions in addition. I want 
broadcasters themselves to provide 
the answer to that question-" 

Porter brought; up the example of 
applicants for new stations who 
make representations to FCC. in- 
cluding "specific pledges that time 
will he made available for civic, 
educational, agricultural and other 
public service programs." Then, as 
soon as they begin operations, they 
forget all about these pledges, lie 
said. 

Promise Vs. Performance 

- "The Commission in the past has. 
for a variety of reasons/' said 
Porter. "automatically renewed 
these licenses even in cases whore 
there is a vast disparity between 
promises and performance. We 
have under consideration at the 
present time, however, a procedure 
whereby promises Will be compared 
with performances. 

"I think the industry "is entitled 
to know of our concern in this mat- 
ter and should be informed that 
there is pending before the Commis- 
sion staff proposals which are de- 
signed to strengthen procedures and 
give the Commission a more definite 
picture of the stations' overall op- 
eration when licenses come up for 
renewal. ^. 

Other highlights of the Porter 
speech: 

, 1 — FCC policy on licensing video 
and FM will be to avoid "monopoly 
or centralization of control." 
: 2— FCC will qppose "Wall Street 
money" or other speculative Inter- 
ests coining into the broadcasting 
field "looking merely for. a quick 
turnover!" 

3 — He said the clear channel al- 
locations of the 1920's were a mis- 
take, in that they failed to take 
inio consideration "all relevant fac- 
tors — social, economic, day and night 
coverage. -rural and urban (.'overawes, 
etc. He said the coming clear chan- 
nel hearings will consider proposals 
such as "fjie relocating of some 
facilities, changes in power upward 
or downward"; duplicate operations 
on clear channels, changes in anten- 
nae design, or any other proposals 
directed lowarcTthe objective of ob- 
taining a really- nationwide service." 
-: "It is my belief." lie commented, 
•'that we'll come out with a much 
sounder solution if we have really 
constructive proposals . from the" in- 
dustry to consider, rather than hav- 
ing. a record filled with attempts to 
explain why so many of the chan- 
nels which were cleared viih -.great 
difficulty in the late 1920's are now 
rendering their primary service to 
the residents of fully-served urban 
centers." 

4 — No FM issue has been ' written 
intp: the clear channel order because 
FCC feels it is too early to deter- 
mine the effect of FM on 'standard 
broadcast in?.. 



Govt. May Run Own Platter Web; 
Top U. S.-Sponsored Shows Free Now 



Sad City Stfga 

Radio writer, back from the 
Coast, recently mentioned to one 
lone .actor that Metro talent 
scouts would be in the RCA 
Blclg'. (N. Y.) drugstore from 3 
to 5 p.m; one day recently in 
search of types for a planned 
film built , around drugstore, 
which is frequented by NBC and 
Blue networkr actors, writers, et 

Bl. ' 

It was just a gag. but you 
should have seen that concentra- 
tion of actors and actresses, 
everyone harnming it like mad. 
With every strange face being 
sized up 'as a talent scout. 



Chi PTA Agenda 



■-. U.S. Government may ' set up its 
own transcription network after the 
war. " both for educational and 
propaganda purposes,' with the 
hundreds of independent radio sta- 
tions in this country taking part. 
. That's the opinion of several in- 
dustry and government radio and 
'educational"' execs in N. Y. and 
Washington. They point but- that 
all the Government will have to - do 
to continue with a strong transcrip- 
tion network postwar is to service 
the. indies as it is presently doing, 
with recordings of some of the best 
wartiuie educational, and propa- • 
ganda stanzas ever aired. 

However, many independent sta-' 
tions. in this country do not know 
| that these' important programs 
which created much- comment and 
'■ controversy when aired on the.ncU 
' works are available to them free of 
j charge through the U.S. Office of 
! Education in Washington, and have 
j been foi» some time: As a matter 61 
. fact, majority of the recordings ean- 
; not be purchased from the Govern-, 
i mem but may be borrowed. Some 
(of- the shows which are available 
j may' be aired only on a sustaining 
may be sponsored 



Chicago. March 13 
Radio chairmen of the Parent- j . others 
Teachers' Assn., Chicago . district, ! j 0 j a ]|y 
will -be given classroom denionsl.a- j T()P .'Government also has a script 
tions of the use of radio at a jointly | servKe 0 n these programs. But the 
sponsored oi;e-d^ay conference her? j ihdje;s are ' ; thjs script ^ 
April 10. The Rad^ Council of t he | by whcn they can get ^3,.™,,! 
Chicago public schools and he 111'- : transcriptions, featuring some of the 
nois Congress of Parents a»ti ! best actors and actresses. 
TeachersAvill -participate. Both stu- ■ A . the prognnis availab1e 
dents, and teachers will take part 111 : al . e . Norman Corwin's hour-long 

the program. ... ; ! show. "We Hold These Truths"; the 

The meeting, which will chair- , ..j., 



maned by Norma Steigelmeier, radio j 
chairman of the Illinois PTA, will I 
include reports : 011 school broad- f 
casting by E. Jerry Walker, educa- 1 
tional director at WLS: Robert; 
Hoadley.. educational director of j 
WBBM-CBS, and George Jennings. I 



I'm An American" series of 27 pro- 



grams: "Americans All— Immigrants 
AH," a scries of 24 half-hour stanzas; 
the "Freedom's People" 30-minule 
series, of discs; "The Ballda Hunter," 
10 15-minute stanzas of authentic ■ 
American folk music; "This Is- His- 
.. ,. ■ . _ ., . tory." six. 15-minute shows; "Life.- 

acting director of the Radio Council r WMh[6 -. a down ' 15-miniite . 
plus_ a talk 011 Public ^ Service andj s(inls; . ug j. Health'. 

Radio." by - Judtth Waller. ( public. D t : scnc .. What . Are We Fif?nt . 
service director for midwest r^BC. J ing For?", six 15-minute. programs; 

°u thei "J m A lled P J alllC . ipa ^ V", f Office of Emergency Manage- 

phen M. Cory education ^dept. U. of , { .- . ..y 0U , C an't Do.Busi-. 

Chicagor tavinia S. Schwartz j e- with H itler»;- the OWI's "This 

g,onal OWI; d Myrtle SUhl. WGN. Qul . E „ , 30 . nlinute ch . a , na .- 
and Robert Preiss. of Dancer, F.tz- liMtioh8 . Co ,. win - s 13 hM . hwt 
gerald & Sample agency. shows "TH.'s Is War"; "Arms for 

Victory" series; ''Adventures in Re- 
search," produced by KDKA. Pitts- ■ 
1 burgh, and others. 
; Newest series . made available by 
; the Office of Education is the "Stale 
'.Department Speaks," which features 
; discussions on diplomatic and other . 
problems facing the entire nation. 
! Best proof that the programs used 
, to date by many of the independent 
. stations do a job and are heard is 
the response to a booklet offer made 
; by WNEW, N.Y. Station, which has 
; been regular user of the Govcrn- 
■ men! service." offered the pamphlet, 
following its "Americans All— Im- 
, migrants All" broadcasts. Hundreds 
: of requests Were received for Hie 
,' booklets. : 



Carofinas' FM Bids To 
FCC Look to Expansion 
Of Postwar Radio Setup 

. Raleigh. March 1.1. i 
An expanded era of radio broad- , 

■ .casting is in store for the Carolinas , 
' after the war if the applications 
i pending before the FCC are any In- , 
' dicalion. 

Sixteen applications for the new ' 
; frequency modulation (FM) type of 
broadcasting are on file from Die, 
' two states. Eleven of these are ■ 
from North Carolina. So far no tele- ■ 
vision applications have come from • 
j either .state. 

1 The Tar Heel sla'.e now has 29 

■ standard stations, one under con- ', 
' slruction. and one - FM statioii in I 
i Winston-Salem. The Palmetto state 1 Bofl' 
! has 12 standard stations, and two , Critic" 
i under construction, but no FM sta- on the 
" tions. ;,hua 



'AUTHOR,' 'RECORD' FOR 
PLATTER NETWORKS 



GILLETTE AND WINS 



Sgt. Newman's Radio Post 

■„ Boston, March 13. 

T Sgt. Edward ' Newman.; former 
disc jockey under "Dick Kirb.v" lag 
around New York. ■ has been pro- 
moted to radio director of the First 
Service Command' with headquar- 
ters here. . 

He writes and directs six radio, 
shows weekly on as many local 
stations. 



reaction - to "Author Meets 
and "Congressional Record 
Air"' on N. Y, indie WHN 
....... resulted in a plan to record 

I these shows for use on more than 
I 200 stations throughout the -country 
1 beginning next Monday (19). 
j "Author" currently is sponsored 

■ RFPFAT N- Y RA^FRAI I liv, r on thc N ' Y - 0l,tIel by the Book - 

|, ALrtn i 11. l . DnOuDnuu . of-lhe-Month Club, and on nine 
I Gillette again will sponsor '''play- i other stations in the east tran- 
I by-play dc-criplions of both i^ip ' scribed. Keystone- -Broadcasting Co.-' 
; N. Y. Yankees and Giants baseball! wil1 handle. 
I games over WINS this year, Trevor , 
j Adams, sales manager of the station., 
, revealed this week, 
j Although announcers for thc ; 
- stanza have not been officially set. it .. 

is understood that Don Dunphy and j celved the Northeast High School 
J Bill Slater, who handled the chore ' Senate award for achievement, in 
; last year, will repeal. Prior to open- ; recognition for his work, in uplift* 
j ing game of season, activities ing American culture through music 
from training camps of both teams ' as well as for work With GIs over- 
will be ''aired, with the first broad- 1 seas. Is same award as given previ- 
cast slated for around April 1. ■ ously to Prof. Albert Einstein. Gov. 

Red Barber and Connie Desmond ' Dewey, ex-Pres. Herbert Hoover, 
will repeat for Brooklyn Dodgers : Lowell Thomas and others, 
games on WHN, N. Y.> for 6ld| Singer later feted at lunch at. 
Golds. I Warwick Hotel. 



Downey's Quaker Kudos 

. Philadelphia, Marcir 13. 
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|LL WE AIMED TO DO was talk about the Blue's prog- 
ress. (We find competitors strangely reluctant to do it for U6.) 

So we wrote an ad. Headed it, "How to Have Fun with a 
Hooper." We kind of liked that ad, too. 

We never did check .its readership, but at least one man read 
it. Mr. WCAU, of the CBS WCAU'S. He got real mad and 
took a shot at us just when we were leaning over to file our 
fan mail. 




The shot he took at us was an ad ... or rather it was a 
well circulated layout with copy. Headline said: "WCAU 
accepts the Blue Network's invitation to 'Have fun with a 
Hooper'." People called it a "mystery ad" because it just got 
passed around among the boys in the back room. It never 
really ran. 

But anyone looking at it must have gotten the idea that 
we at the Bhie are frightful liars. We blushed a little ourselves 
when we read: "statistical skullduggery," "shameless misuse 
of figures" etc. By actual count there were nine double-bar- 
relled, supercharged epithets before Mr. WCAU made a single 
definite statement of what we were supposed to have done 
wrong. Gosh, it was awful! 

We would have spoken up sooner ... in a friendly way, o 
course, but we've been pretty busy reorganizing our network, 
improving our program schedules, switching the whole trend 
of Sunday night listening, adding eight new stations, and 
doing a few other important things like that. We're still busy, 
but we. guess you're entitled to know about that ad. 

Well, as we were saying, CBS's Mr WCAU was mad . . . 
and he broke out in a rash of adjectives for which we forgive 
him. 

Finally, he got down to his version of what he labels, with 
great indignation: the facts"; and do you know, his facta 
were absolutely right. The 'catch was that he cross-bred them 
and got an entirely new breed of pups. 

For instance . . . 



SAIO* ^ ne *' ue hfaher morning ratings than 
' any other network (and that'* gospel, friend); 

But Mr. WCAU, pretending to refute our 
claims, picked sponsored programs only , added 
the afternoon for confus ; ori, and came up with 
a whole new set of figures. They were accu- 
rate, too, but he can't shift the base like that 
and prove with his hew figures we were wrong. 



In 1944, the Blue had more quarter-hour 
firsts in the morning than either of the two 
major networks. 

This time Mr. WCAU, to make us look 
wrong, tossed in the afternoon, only consid- 
ered sponsored programs, and . then threw in 
a brand new requirement: Our sponsored 
quarter hours had to be opposite CBS spon- 
sored quarter hours. 

Thu 8 he kicked out 32 per cent of the 
programs we were talking-about, and left us 
stunned with admiration. 



SAID* The Blue had better ratings between. 9 
and 10 P. M. Sunday than either of the 
two other major networks, and in certain 
other night-time periods "when we have 
top shows." 

But Mr. WCAU put some words into our 
corporate mouth that never were there, and 
then called us naughty names for claiming 
what we'd never claimed: Over-all night-time 
superiority. (Sure wish we had it!) 





(in that ad we still like) The Blue has a 
very slight edge over CBS coverage in 561 
Important counf/e*. 

But Mr. WCAU. without reminding you of 
what we actually said, writes: "TheBlue would 
have you believe its primary coverage tops 
CBS." We wish it did, and hope someday it 
will, but right how we only claim progressl 



SAID* B ' U * '* ma ' ,m > P r °9 r ***' ond the 1944 
Hoopers prove it. 

But Mr. WCAU liked June and December 
better than all the months in between. So he 
averaged himself some Hoopers from these 
two months only, mixed them with his own 
guesses about Blue coverage, and came out 
with us going backward. 

(Actually, the only thing we're backward 
about is charging high prices. You can still 
buy a bargain audience on the Blue and save 
$3500 on an evening half hour.) 



If you aren't tired of all this by now, we are . . . tired but 
game, and we still kind of like that ad we ran. If Mr. 
Hooper hadn't put his limitation on the use of his figures (and, 
incidentally, his office passed our ad), we'd write some more. 




.WOUU) SOMEONE CARE TO TAKE A SHOT AT THIS ONE? 

The Blue was the only one of three major networks with an increase— 1944 
over 1943— in average Hooper rating of all daytime programs. 





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WHIP All Set To 
Lash If OK Given 



Chicago, March 13. 
WHIP, local one lunger silent for 
Hie past two years, is sxpccted to be 
back on the air in the next five 
weeks if final approval is. given by 
the FCC, before which final hearings 
were heard recently to license the 
station's reopening. Application has 
been hanging fire for over a year 
and with all legal conditions now in 
the clear the FCC is looked to for 
immediate consideration of the re- 
quest. 

Outlet went off the air in Feb., 
1943, when it was known as WJWC. 
owned by John W. Clark. LaSallc 
street financier, with an interest 
held by Marshall 'Field. License 
was given up at that lime due lo 
war conditions. 

Doris Kcane. general manager of j 
the station, says that they have ! 
enough signed contracts and time j 
commitments to finance the first . 
year of operation of the outlet's re- j 
turn to the air. Additional space 
has been acquired in the Michigan 
avenue building, now occupied by 
WHIP, and staff is currently being 
lined up. 



'GASLIGHT' WILL GET 
INJECTION OF GAIETY 

PAiG's "Gaslight Gaieties" stanza 
oil NBC will undergo a . toniml 
change shortly in an effort to hypo, 
its rating. This stanza will receive 
the immediate attention of .Stan 
Joscloff when he takes over as head 
of the Biow agency radio depart- 
ment next week. 

Understood that, with Hie -signins 
a fortnight ago of Will Glick'man, as 
writer on the show, it will 'change 
over to more emphasis, on comedy, 
in order to compete with the. Danny 
Kaye show on CBS at the same hour 
Saturday nights. Glickman formerly 
was head writer on both the Alan 
Young and Ed Wynn radio shows, 
before his "Gaieties" chore. 

Agency, currently, is looking for a 
comedian to replace Michael O'Shca. 
film star, who left the stanza lasl 
Saturday (10) to return to the coast 
for a picture. Beatrice Kaye re- 
mains as star of the show, but John 
Kirby. male vocalist has been given 
his notice and Jack Smith will re- 
place, starling March 24. 



Inside Stuff-Radio 

'Oncol the lemmc gossip peddlers on a N. Y. station found herself with- 
out a guest five minutes before broadcast lime recently, when the skodded 
"personality look ii on, the heel-and-toe because of dissatisfaction over" t he- 
script handed him. He's a maestro currently gracing the bandstand at one 
of Gotham's plushior hotels. His squawk was that the chatter he wan 
supposed lo take part in put him in the "moron" class, giving him no 
opportunity lo say anything more important than vital statistics concern- 
ing his birth, musical education, professional career, etc. Brilliance, if 
any. in the scripl was reserved for the gal intervicwei. 

Understandably enough, she did a sizzle when the guest walked out and, 
according to reports, intimated to him that tunors-in' on future- broadcasts, 
if they heard anything al all about the maestro, would not be informed 
that he was a wonderful character and swcel personality. Thai's- one way 
lo grab a listener, of ctiitrsc. . The guy's going to lie monitoring, from 
now on. 



Boston— Jesse H. Buff urn, WEEI's 
agricultural director, lias been ap- 
pointed by Gov. Maurice J. Tobin to 
the new post of State Coordinator of 
Emergejic^^a^m^abor^^^^^^^ 



MARY LOU WILLIAMS SHOW 

"Mary Lou Williams Workshop." 
featuring the ^emme composer and 
pianist' with a rhythm section com % 
prising some of the top Negro musi- 
cians, starts on WNEW. N. Y., oiicc 
weekly in the 9 to 9:30 p. m. slot 
Wednesday (21). 

. Miss Williams' 12-movement "Zo- 
diak Suite" will be featured on the 

shows. .,'■■. 



James Mcttew-^al- Hiimi'lf,. gracpMlx_auL.pf a bad situation, and inci- 
donlally collected a nice slice, of publicity, as result of a sense of humor 
on both sides.' on his visit to Vancouver. British Columbia, last Week (7). 
Seems singer closed his Texaco broadcast Feb. 25 with remark he was 
going on concert , lour to B. C. where he expected lo encounter 40-below- 
zero weather. Leo Sweeney, local c. of c. head, wired him indignantly 
thai Vancouver never hit zero, and back came Melton's apology: "Sorry . . . 
I'm bringing my straw hat." When Melton arrived Wed. (7) wearing 
straw and fur coal, singer was met by summery reception set up by 
Vancouver Sun reporter. Ray Gardner, being met. by two bathing beauties 
carrying bouquets ol spring flowers. 

Despite fact that 'a munitions ship blew up in harbor day Melton avrivted, 
with death toll of eight, singer had space in all sheets, Sun playing up 
yarn with half column story and three-column pic. 




When pi stop at the 
same hotel gear after 
gear the accomodations 
. must be good ! 

When scores of smart advertisers 
use the same station to sell their 
merchandise year after year — 
as scores of WIP advertisers do 

—the "register" must ring at a 
merry clip! 

Yes— there are a few availabili- 
ties but they're being snapped 
up quickly. Better register now! 



3rd MARKET 

3000 WATT 
MUTUAL AFFILIATE 

Represented Nationally by GEO. P. HOLUNGBERY CO, 




"Forum For Democracy.'' discussion program heard over WO.V. N. Y., 
once a month, is affiliating with the Independent Citizens Committee of 
Arts. and Sciences, to provide latter organization with a forum platform. 
Forum, organized last summer, will hold its sixth session April 6 at Times 
Hall, N. Y., aired over WOV 10 to 10:30 p.m. Subject will be "What 
Should Be Done With War Criminals?" Congressman Cecil King, Cal„ 
and Martin Popper, exec, sec'y, National Lawyers Guild, already 'set for 
program, with Herbert C. Pell, Ella Winter and I. F. Stone probables. 

Forum also started a weekly quarter -hour airer over WOV, Tuesdays, 
10:15 p.m, beginning lasl night (13). Samuel L. M. Barlow, composer, is 
chairman of the Forum. 



Dick Bellamy has bowed out as radio ed and columnist of the Milwaukee 
Journal following a series of tangles with higherups over column content 
and other things. Reportedly the incident leading directly to the kissoff 
was adverse comment on the music produced by Guy Lombardo's orch, 
which Bellamy docs not rank among the finer things in life. Readers of 
(he column entered a few protests and in the ensuing discussions with 
bosses of the Journal Bellamy decided it was time for him to Reno. He's 
in N. Y. looking over the situash before deciding on a new connection: 



Press and talent invited to Sunday (11) WNBT television broadcast at 
NBC, N. Y., did a collective burn at difficulties put in their way. Invited 
to see show in* room 610, press was misdirected to wrong floor by at- 
lindants. kept waiting till after show started, then shunted into darkened 
610 to stumble over chairs and people in total darkness to And seats. Room 
wasn't properly ventilated, audience perspiring long before the houi'-and-a- 
half program was over, which didn't help. 



Unfortunate situation cropped up last week, when one of the production 
men in a top agency turned in his resignation asserting He was checking 
in with one of the nighttime shows in the top production berth. The guy 
some months ago had suffered a nervous breakdown but was thought to 
have completely recovered. Sad aspect of the whole situation was that 
he had nonsuch show lined up— and last Thursday (8) he was taken to 
Bcllevue. 



The >arns cropping up about newspapermen picking up news of kin 
from foreign dispatches, had jts parallel in radio last week, when Karl 
Kortcr, refugee from Nazi Germany, now monitoring overseas radio for 
NBC, picked up a broadcast with the item that Paul Hoerblger, prominent 
German actor, had been arrested for resistance to the Nazi regime. Korter 
and Hoerbiger had been lifelong friends. 



To Rev. William C. Kernan, once-a-week commentator (Wed, 6-9:16 
p.m:) on WEVD, New York indie, the Writers War Board this month has 
awarded a three-bomb citation. WWB rates, radio shows for the bomb 
impact they make, maximum load being a stick of five. Kernan's three 
were given for. "a superbly clear and direct expression of war and peace 
aims, with particular emphasis on racial and religious amity." 

: 



Summer Nite Revision 
Sked Cues New Comedy 
For NBC Possibility 

In an allenipl to package several 
programs, which may be sold to 
sponsors as summer rpplacemcnts for 
nighttime' stanzas. NBC programs 
v.p. Clarence Moiiser last week 
started the ball rolling with a com- 
edy situation half-hour show en- 
titled "Dear Bolls." 

Program is based on the Satcve- 
posl stories about tractor salesman 
Alexander Botts. written by Frederic 
Ha7.li.lt Brennan. Radio adaptation 
has been scripted by Martin Stearns, 
wllh Tony Leader .producing. 

Happy Felton, m.c; of NBC's audi- 
ence participation a.m. "Finders 
Keepers," is cast in leading role, 
along with supporting cast of odd- 
voiced players from network shows. 

Reported that the audition of this, 
package last week did hoi meet ap- 
proval of NBC program execs, in en- 
tirety, and new plalter will be made 
shortly. However, they are con- 
vinced that it has strong' commer- 
cial appeal, along with couple ot 
other program ideas which arc cur- 
rently being whipped into shape for 
prompt auditioning. : 



R&R's "Scotland Yard' 
Readied for Summer Sked 

"Smith of Scotland Yard," half-' 
hour whodunit, is being readied by 
Ruthrauff & Ryan as a possible sum- 
mer replacement for one of Its ma- 
jor network shows. : 

Stanza originally was slated as a 
replacement for "Double or Noth- 
ing" on Mutual, which Is sponsored 
by Feen-a-Mint, but client recently 
renewed the latter stanza. 



SPORTS 




Narlenol (olfi fti^rtlffnto'lvt « Paul H. loymtr Cempooy 



HERE'S ONE GUY THE 
CURFEW DIDN'T HURT 

Philadelphia,. March 13.. ' 
It's an ill wind — 

The curfew which forced the net- 
works to cancel many band remotes 
came as a blessing fh disguise to 
Elliott Lawrence, young maestro of 
the WCAU band. 

Lawrence started with one net- 
work shot on CBS at 12:05 Thurs- 
day nights, in itself quite a break 
to a band getting started. Byrnes' 
midnight closing order left CBS with 
many holes in its schedule. So 
young Lawrence and his band were 
giveri another spot each week — Mon- 
day at 11:45 to midnight.. 



Maestro Lou Brees* In 
'World Parade' Lineup 

Chicago, March 13. 

Lou Breese, conductor .of the' Chi- 
cago Theatre orchestra, takes over 
the musical direction of the SheafTer 
Pen "World Parade" show beginning 
March 18, succeeding Roy Shields. 
Breese has been signed for 13 weeks 
but contract will not interfere with 
his theatre appearances. 

John Riatt, who has been featured 
vocalist, is off the show as of last 
Sunday (11) due to Theatre Guild 
commitments. Seeds agency cur- 
rently is dickering with Phil Kins- 
man, baritone currently at the 
Boulevard Room of the Stevens 
hotel, as a replacement. 



4 



BLUE NETWORK 
DEPARTMENTS 
MOVE TO NEW 
ADDRESS 

Because of the increased operations 
of the BLUE Network and the ex- 
pansion of the staff, the Spot Sales, 
Television and Co-operative Pro- 
gram Departments, and the office of 
A. D. Nicol, controller, have moved 
to the 4th floor, Aeolian Building, 
33 West 42nd Street. 

The new offices have « separate switchboard and tele- 
phone nember, Wisconsin 7-1737. (It win be Impos- 
sible to reach the fear departments by calling the ■IUI 
Network.). 



Wednesday, March 14, 1946 



"...FOR OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SfRVICi IN ENCOURAGING, PROMOTING AND DEVELOPING AMERICAN 
IDEALS OF FREEDOM.. . LOYAL DEVOTED SERVICE TO THE NATION AND TO THE COMMUNITY..." 



Both Alfred I. du Pont 
Radio Awards for 1944 

($1,000 each, with citation on a plaque) 

go to CBS Affiliates 



Detroit 



WJR 
WTAG 



Worcester 



There are some 900 radio stations in our country. A great 
many of them are doing wonderful jobs in serving their 
nation by serving their communities. Most stations on the 
CBS Network are doing unusual, exemplary, and ingenious 
jobs. They share with CBS a peculiarly sensitive feeling of 
which way the wind of progress or emergency blows, how to 
make it drive windmills, how to face it when it makes a gale, 
how to help steer their communities forward into it, no 
matter what comes. For as go its component stations, so must 
go a network. ' 

So it's natural that the jury of the Alfred I. duPont Radio 
Awards Foundation, in combing the 900 stations of the 
nation for their conspicuous service to their communities in 
1944, picked the two "outstandings" from the roster of the 
Columbia Network. And that the two took the only major 
awards offered.' (The records indicate that of five- such 



, awards made over 3 years, stations on CBS have won three.) 

• WJR, 50,000 watts (winner in the ov er-5,000-watt •clttss-)* — <* .**-mvmt* 
qualified by its 308 originated sustaining war programs, 
among them its notable Victory F.O . B . ( the story of Detroit's 
war contribution), for In Our Opinion (its round table on 
war problems), its on-the-spot service to nearby camps, and 
for its persistent and unrelenting effort to do everything pos- 
sible to further victory without regard to cost. 

WTAG, 5,000 watts (winner in the 5,000-watts-or-less 
class) qualified for its current program series called 
Worcester andThe World, which in 5months has made direct 
contact with 21 different countries of the United Nations, and 
has brought their peoples into a relationship of intimate 
understanding with the people of Central New England. The 
city government, Clark,University, the libraries, museums, 
schools and civic organizations have all collaborated in one 
of the most significant projects pointing towards the post- 
war world. 

To the winners, our hearty congratulations. 

To the jury— Bishop Tucker, President Gaines, our old 
colleague "Deac" Aylesworth of NBC, Mrs. duPont; Dr. 
McHale and Mr. Goodman, our discreet acknowledgment, 
and a considerable feeling of pride that 'them was onr boys 
that done that'. 

A station can be only as great as its community, and its 
service thereto; a network is only as «reat as the sum of 
them nil. 

E pluribus unum, a respected motto, is ours, too. 



This is CBS . 
the Columbia 
Broadcasting System 



WedamcUy, March 14, 1«4S 



Wiley Eyes Sorties 
into St Loo, Del 

Chicago. Match 13. 
Fletcher Wiley's Housewives Pro- 
tective League will soon be set up 
in the St. Louis and Detroit markets, 
according to Paul Gibson, who han- 
dles the Wiley project here. Audi- 
tions are currently being held for 
two new voices to conduct the pro- 
• grams ■ in these territories which, 
■when started, will give Wiley par- 
ticipation programs in five major 
'markets. In addition a series' of 
open end transcriptions are contem- 
plated for other areas. 

Strength of the Wiley operation is 
gauged by fact that Ihe Chicago op- 
eration is grossing better than S800.- 
000 yearly with 24 sponsors using 
an hour. and 40 minutes a a.iy. 



Joan Brooks' Catalog 

Joan Brooks, who returns to her 
11:15 p.m. cross-the-board spot on 
OBS next Mondity (19) has grabbed 
herself an initial 13-week catalo; 
of 85 unused standards through the 
simple expedient of "saluting'' a 
■how biz personality nightly via 
their "signatures." 

Fact that tunes have been so 
closely Identified with individuals 
have virtually given them an "ex- 
clusive." 



Mitch Grayson to Blue; 
Directs '1 Foot in Heaven' 

Mitchell Grayson, producer of the 
"New World a'Comln,' " racial amity 
stanza put on weekly by WMCA. 
New York indie, has Joined the 
Blue's full-time production staff. 

Initially, Grayson has been put in 
charge as director of Blue's Sunday 
night (10:30) sustainer. "One Foot in 
Heaven." In addition, he will do 
other staff chores for the network. 
Grayson continues producing and di- 
recting "New World." 

More Resignations At 
McGillvra Chi Office 

Chicago. March 13:. 

Climaxing a long list of resigna- 
tions that have occurred over the 
past 10 years, ,a clean sweep of the 
local Jos. H. 'McGillvra office was 
made last week with the resigiia- 
tions of Jack Stewart, former man- 
ager, and Jack Kamsler. salesman. 
Stewart has.' already left the firm, 
with Kamsler following on March 31. 

James W. Le Baron has been 
brought in from the New York office 
to manage the local branch with 
McGillvra here for the next two 
weeks to personally supervise the 
employee changeovers. 

Pollock's Yellow Cab Pact 

Philadelphia. March 13. 

Ed Pollock. Evening Bulletin 
sports columnist, has besti signed for 
a weekly sports commentary on 
WCAU. 

Sponsor is Yellow Cab Co. : 



From the Production Centres 



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17V NEW YORK CITY ... 

Talk in the trade has Ed Klauber, former exec veepee of CBS and now 
second in command of OWI in Washington, as altar-bound, with NBC 
prexy Niles Tramell also about to remarry. Latter is currently getting a 
Reno divorce. . . .Tony Leader, NBC producer; married Rosalind Palca 
last Sunday (11). and is honeymooning in Florida. She's the sister of Al 
Palca. pre-war writer for Bill Stern, now in the Army .-. . .Blevins Davis 
has taken an option on the stage play. ''A Joy Forever." written by Vincent 

McConnor, start writer in the CBS program writing division Baby 

daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Monroe Monday (12) in Harkness 
Pavilion. He's script editor in the CBS program writing division. Mother 
Is a Junior League executive. 

Mike Boscia, of the CBS press dept.. is moving over to WABC to head up 
the N. Y. outlet's press activities, succeeding "Dinty" D«yle, latter having 
been appointed director of new special events dept. .. .Arthur Henley now 
heat* writer on Sammy Kaye's Blue Friday oighter for Tangee. . . .Bob 
Stanton handling NBC-Gillette telecasts while Steve Ellis is subbing for 
Bill Cor um on the Mutual blow-by-blow accounts.. ..Ted Lawrence. 
WBYN program director, lining up a summer sports parade with outdoor 
boxing and Bushwicks ball games on the agenda. ... ."48a!" CBS house 
organ, celebrating 2d anni... . .Alva Johnston preparing two-relay television 
series for Satevepost. . . .Mel Spiegel, of CBS press dept.. bedded lasl week 

with temperature of 103 Anthony Ross, of the CBS "Ma Perkins" show 

out of Chi, headed east [or appearance in Broadway legiter. "The .Glass 

Menagerie" Arnold ("The GoIdbergs r > Stang trekking to Coast lor film 

work and roles In "Blondie" and the Ozzie Nelson -Harriet Hilliard show 
Larry MacPhail. boss of the N. Y. Yankees, will guest on Bill Stern's 
sportcast for Colgate on NBC Friday, April 13 Ray Cabrera, ad man- 
ager for Arrid and Carter's Little Liver Pills. . resigned last week, effective 

April I Ben Gross, Daily News radio columnist, heads for two-week 

Key West. Fla., vacation next Sunday (18). . . .Dick Brill and Ralph defalk, 
original writers of "Glamor Manor." who came east with the show couple 
of months back from theCoasl. return to Hollywood this week and will 
.script the: stanza via remote control, just didn't like the climate.... 
Dorothy Bryant,, nat'l sec'y of Radio Writers Guild, who has been 111, 
Coastward for a rest this week. 

Joe Bigelow. who supervises the scripting, on' the Earl Wilson Sunday 
night Mutual show, scrams back to the Coast next week. He jiist re- 
turned east recently, cueing speculation on his redeparture. . . .John Reber. 

v.p. radio topper at JWT. goes to the Coast in April Hank Sylvern has 

resigned as musical director of WINS, due to pressure of outside work. 

Has held the post for nine years David X. Manners. One of the experts 

on WNEW's "Crime Quiz." is author of "Terror Panics the Crime Quiz" 
in one of the whodunit mags this month .' .. :T/3 Gene Emmet Clark, for- 
mer freelance writer-director in N. Y„ won second prize In National The- 
atre Conference's radio play competition for ' set vlcemeo, with his verse- 
drama "The Plot To Tear the Statu* Down" Frank Richards, Mary 

Hunter, Jerry Macy and Andree Wallace join "David Herum" players.... 
Nell Harrison added to CBSerlal "The Romance of Helen Trent". . . Bd 
Latimer and Luis Van Rooten join "Stella Dallas'* and "Young Wldder 
Brown" respectively . . . .Sylvia Simms and Mandel Kramer cast on "Juat 
Plain Bill." 

Mac Shoub, Canadian radio writer, down from Montreal last week.... 
Stephen Fry of BBC back (com swiogaround through Texas. . . .Elaine Car- 
rington off for southern vacation. .. .Adele Seymour Is writing General 
Mills' "Light of the World'' serial (CBS) solo, following recent death of 
her sister and collaborator, Kathryn Seymour. .. .Dolph Martin in N. Y. 
from WEEI, Boston, accompanied by lft-year-old singer Ruth Casey and 
her mother for conferences apropos "Youth On Parade". . . .Radio aotraaa 
Mary Hunter hot on trail of an idea-peddling deal to Hollywood. . . .Jury 
duty has taken CBS director John Becker from '"This Life Is Mine" with 
show's former director Marx Loeb to fill in temporarily. Loeb will pres- 
ently take on commercial "Doctor Malone" serial. . . .Julie Stevens did fcden 
on "This Life Is Mine" last week for several performances while Gertrude 
Warner got over the flu Molly Berg taking shots for that trip oversees. 

IN HOLLYWOOD . . . 

Richard Compton and his agency's radio director, Lewis THterton, in 
town for talks with Murray Bolen on the Arm's Coast originations. Also 
around are Procter & Gamble's Bill Ramsey and Gail Smith and Com Dion's 
Floyd Holm to And director to replace Herb Moss on TTrtith Or Conse- 
quences" Albert Sindllnger. of "Doc" Gallup's Audience Re s e a rch out- 
fit, in town to map new radio sampling adjunct with Jack Sayera. .. .Leigh 
Matteson. formerly with news services back east, joined NBC's news bureau 
. , .Evelyn Bigsby's radio gab stanza caught on with the Blue attar being 
denied time on Don Lee, which no like cross references on other webs' 
shows and people... Bob Hope to mike the Academy Awards proceedings 
over the Blue p«t Thursday night.... Don Belding back from a month's 
visit at the New York and Chicago offices of Foote.- Cone & Belding..;. 
Blue has made an exception to lis policy against networking platters for 
Tom Breneman's "Breakfast .in Hollywood" excerpts. Now all that Is 

needed Is for the client lo buy the time Stanley Davis and Elon Packard 

have been replaced by Bob Phillips and Al Stnger as writers on the 
Antfrews Sisters' show.... Phil Cohan will produce the four quarter-horir 
platters for Rexall on assignment by N. W. Ayer. On the discs will be Al 
Pearce, Cass Daley, Kenny Baker, Harlow Wilcox and Lud Gluskin's orch 
....Charlie Vartda, who leaves the Army after three years with rating of 
Lieut. Col., returning to KNX-CBS production staff in an executive ca- 
pacity. He was thrice decorated while overseas with Office of Strategic 

Services Paul Warwick says he can't make it too emphatic that Pabst 

is entirely satisfied with the Danny Kaye show. . 

IN CHICAGO ... 

Ade Hult, Mutual network midwest sales chief, currently in New York 
for Mutual board meeting where he is slated to be made v.p. and general 
manager of central division. . ...Jimmy Parks playing around with the Idea 
of moving his office to the west coast. , . .Mort Jacobson of Johnny Neblett 
Productions leaving for the west coast this week to open Hollywood office 
for. Neblett. .. .Fairfax Cone, partner and midwest head of Foote, Cone * 
Belding. addressed; the- Northwestern University School of Journalism last 
week on how an ad agency should be run... .C. E. Hooper is opening a 
Chicago office March 16. Janet Widmer. from the survey outfit's New 

York office, will head it up I. J. Wagner Olian ad agency v.p. has 

checked out of the hospital after a long siege and is recuperating at home. 

Ed Kobak, prexy of Mutual, in town last week for a series of pep talks 
with local Mutual staffers plus an overnight trip lo Omaha to address the* 
ad club there. .: .Robert Graham. NBC central division sound effects man, 
was' inducted into Army last week. .. .Larry Taylor, WJJD pianist, was 
proud pappy of a baby girl last week. .. .Julian Bentley, WLS newa editor, 
leaving for an overseas assignment this week. Stint will Involve a new 
series of transcribed programs to be. made in the combat zones. ., .AFRA 
moving front.* the 540 N.' Michigan building to the 203 N. Wabash building 
this week. .. .After more than two months 'of negotiating Don McNeill 
finally Inked a five-year contract wi.th the Blue network'. Mac Schoenfeld 
handled deal for Blue.... Karl Sutphin was officially appointed sales pro- 
motion manager of Blue central division last week, replacing .Mike Huber, 
Who Is now ad manager of the Blue with offices in New York. . 

Charley Irving replaces inductee Bob Murphey as announcer on the NBC 
"Voice of the Dairy Farmer" show this week. Gregg Donovan Inherits his 
"Woman in White" announcing stint. ,. .Latest rumor on the Blue Net- 
work's moving plans are that they are signing a lease to take over space 
In the Civic Opera bitflcHni;.. .Peter Cuvallo, NBC director in central 
division, resigned March 1 to do freelance producing and directing. 



NEBLETT 'NAME' DISCS 
WITH 1-MINUTE PLUGS 

Chicago, Maroh 18, 
Unique new series of open end 
transcriptions, with only one minute 
available for commercial plugs, is 
being readied by Johnny Neblett 
Production*. Programs, which will 
carry interviews with world famous 
personalities, will be offered to class 
department stores and banks. 

Gimmick on the extremely short 
commercials is Neblett's belief that 
few if any big names would be will- 
ing to allow their names to be tied 
up with a record that would plug 
bargain basement specials and the 
like, whereas they can easily be in- 
duced to go along with an Institu- 
tional type of commercial. 

Series will be based upon format 
of "Distinguished Guest Hour," cur- 
rently aired over WGN. Show, 
which has been on -the air for two 
years, has featured such names as 
Jan Struther, Sister Elizabeth Kenny, 
Cecil Roberts, Will Duranl. Burton 
Holmes and Dr. Stephen Wise. - 

Deal for transcribing the series 
was made by Neblett with Frank 
McClure, of the Smith, Benson & 
McClure agency, which owns the 
rights. 




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Waaaeeeay. Marck 14, 1945 



HAP10 88 

Blue Skeds Full Web Spots For 
Dishing Out Stay-Tuned-in Advice 



Canned Television 
Spot Gets Chi Trial 

Chicago, March 18. 

A new venture in video experi- 
mentation, as far as a Chicago sta- 
tion is concerned, will be tried Tues- 
day (»> when a S'/i-minute tele- 
vision commercial . is aired over 
WBKB, Balaoan (k Katz station here. 
Designed to All in the air time be- 
tween studio programs, the package 
is completely canned and is com- 
posed of slide film, synchronized to 
a recorded musical background and 
narration with the video part en- 
tirely cartooned. 

Set up as a Red 'Heart dog food 
commercial, it was produced by 
David W. Dole, associate radio di- 
rector of the Henri, Hurst & McDon- 
ald, Inc., agency; written by Betty 
Babcock and narrated by Ray Subcr. 
Fallowing tests here it may later be 
used on WNBT (NBC) and WABD 
(DuMont). New York. 



ffldred Sanders Upped 
TfKkk^iistV.-P. 

Chicago, March' 13. 
; Hiidred Sanders, for the past four 
years associate, radio director of the 
Mitchell-Faust agency, has been 
elected vcepee in charge of radio. 
Appointment took effect last week 
(5) and is one of several realign- 
ments in the firm following the re- 
turn of Holman Faust from active 
duty in the Navy. 

Miss Sanders joined the agency in 
1940 as a copywriter, later became 
radio copy chief and associate radio 
director, and when Faust went into 
uniform in May, 1941, she look over, 
all radio activities of the company. 
Faust, who' has spent 46 montlis 
mostly in the South Pacific, returns 
to the firm as v-p and member of 
the exec board. 



Dead hi Kids ii Cairo 

Office of War Information has 
asked WMCA, N, Y„ for scripts of 
IS of its "Inquiring Parent" pro- 
grams. Programs are to be broad- 
cast in Arabic from a station in 
Cairo, Egypt. 

Odd switch is that the airer, con- 
ducted by Dr. Ernest Osborne of 
Columbia University, consists of ad- 
vice to parents how to raise their 
kids in New York City. WMCA offi- 
cials, are wondering jvhy Cairo par- 
ents would be interested. 



Unions Hire Sam Baiter 

Hollywood, March 13. 
Film unions, headed- by the Mov- 
ing Picture Painters Local 644, are 
taking over the Sam Baiter program 
on KFWB as a means of presenting 
the cause of union labor to the pub- 
lic. 

Painters subscribed $2,000 to start 
the project? which will cost about 
♦25,000 a year. 



BOB PRINCE'S COM'L TRIO 

Pittsburgh, March 13. 

Bob Prince, freelance radio man. 
has just landed his third commercial 
on as many stations here to make 
him pretty close to the busiest bank- 
rolled artist in Pittsburgh. New 
show is a quarter-hour news shot six 
mornings a week at 8:45 over KQV 
*or Harris Amusement Co. 

In addition, Prince has sports show 
on WJAS for a brewery and another 
daily newscast on WCAE for meat 
packing outfit. 

fMa^ Badio Course 

Philadelphia, March 13. 
The U. of Pennsylvania has added 
• course in radio script writing arid 
Production to its. school of education. 




L&m Up Coferage On 
United Nation Coherence 

Washington, March IS. 

Radio Correspondents Assn. of 
Washington is accrediting radio re-, 
porters and commentators for the 
United Nations Conference in Frisco; 
next month. The association is seek- 
ing to get the names of all radio , 
men who will cover by Thursday 
<15), in order to guarantee proper 
wo riling facilities. 

Requests for credentials and hotel 
space are being filed with the Senate 
Radio Gallery-tierc 

The association last week elected 
Richard Harkness, NBC commenta- 
tor, as its president to succeed Earl ■ 
Godwin, Blue net, who has become' 
a member of the executive commit? 
tec ex-officio. Other officers elected' 
include Rex Goad, ! Trans-Radio 
Press, V. P., William Costello. CBS 
commentator, secretary, and Walter 
Compton, . Mutual commentator, ' 
treasurer. The association, will vote 
in the near future on whether to give ; 
places on the executive committee to 
reps of the regional webs and indie; 
stations which have Washington cor- : 
respondents. 



WMCA's "Science Repertor" 

"Science Reporter," new 15-minute 
show telling what New York high 
school students do in their, science 
labs, will go on for a 13-week steed 
over WMCA. New York, beginning 
March 31. It 'will be aired every 
Saturday thereafter at 3tf5 p.m. 



Lyn Murray's Tosti' 

. Maestro Lyn Murray has prep- 
ped a musical farewell to his 
sponsor, E. R. Squibb & Sons, 
■ for his final CBS program (23) 
which demonstrates that comics 
aren't the only ones in radio 
with a sense of humor. 

Tunes lined up for the bowout. 
are: "I'm Coming Home," "Think 
of Me" and "The Thrill is Gone." 

WHO Shifts War Stiff 
As News Head Retires 

Des Moines, March 13. 

Several shifts in assignments of its 
war correspondents were- made by 
WHO, Des Moines, , last week. Jack 
Shelley, news dept. manager and: 
war correspondent, returned from 
five months' service with First and : 
Ninth Armies in Europe. He'sbooked 
for extensive, speaking tour of Iowa, 
Minnesota and- Missouri. 

Herb Plambeck, farm editor, mak- 
ing second trip as correspondent, 
arrived last week in Paris, .starting: 
cable reports and regular broadcasts 
on arrival. Major Frank F. Miles, 
WHOs correspondent ■ on Italian 
front since last September, has, been 
transferred to western front in Ger- 
many. 

WHO is carrying a daily schedule 
of. several direct rebroadcasts or 
transcribed interviews by its own 
staff frorn the various fronts. 



In the belief that its own air is its 
best advertising medium, Blue net- 
work has convinced its sponsors to 
allocate 10 seconds of the time at the ' 
end of their programs on Wednes- 
day nights to herald tl\e show com-, 
ing up. If the "stay tuned in" pro- 
motional plug works out, idea will 
be expanded to include all nighttime 
shows, every night. . 

Key stations of. other networks 
have been using the idea for several 
months, but this is first time an en- 
tire web will be ••included in" on 
this type setup. Blue Wednesday 
night sponsors have all agreed to re- 
linquish -the last 10 seconds of their 
shows, stanzas shifting to either 
N. Y. or Hollywood, which- ever is 
wore, convenient, for the promo- ' 
tional announcement. 
' In line with this move, all Blue- 
network owned stations will con- 
tinue talking about shows on the 
web for 20 seconds at station break 
time, alter the original 10-second 
announcement The message to sta- 
tion managers signed by promotion 
v.p. Fred Smith, states: "It is our 
plan to build these 36-seoond spots 
into an interesting program, pr-ob-. 
ably with one announcer handjing 



the whole business from N. Y., and 
one from Hollywood. It is conceiv- 
able that he can create interest in 
ihe lineup after the fashion of a 
good emcee." 



LMYtderBackatKOA 

Denver, -March 13. 

Li.. Com dr. Lloyd E. Yoder has re- 
turned as manager of KOA, the 
NBC-owned station, which post he 
left about ihree years ago to enter 
the service, Yoder retired from the 
navy a few weeks ago and has been 
taking a vacation. 

James R, McPherson, sales man^ 1 ' 
ager of KOA previously and man- 
ager while Yoder was on active . 
•duty, becomes asst. mgr. in charge of 
commercial activities. 



SDJCLAIR OIL'S XMOX QOXZZER 

St. Louis, March 13. 

Sinclair Oil Co. is bankrolling a 
new "Quiz Club" program over 
KMOX, local CBS outlet. 

Jack Sexton is the quizier and tha 
Ben Feld KMOX ©rch dishes out 
ditties. Contestants are chosen by 
lot from the audience. Thirty-minuta 
show is heard Sat. nights at 9A5. 



THREE MONTHS... 



An Interim report om 
Ifw 



of rise first Things 
ssoivvy 



For the past three months, Mutual's use of 
white space in tfae trade press has been de- 
voted mostly to a plain esrjcankm of new 
operating policies. We liinggod not; neither 
did we pronase nineti es. We ventured to 
intei | Met nary a a 
for mting a oonple of 
newsbeats from the warfronts, our ads 
spoke simply of the < 
.to which weiVe genied our ] 

Comes now, we believe, a proper time to 
report the state of the network and how it 
has changed during then three months. 
Some top advertisers and . agencies have 
moved their business to lffntoal A few 
have departed. And ■ 
program material has-been t 



1443 MW 

Look at tfae ledger 



Nine 



February; putting 1,042 
hours to work every week. Five sponsored 
ahows,O0oapying 223 station-inure a week, 
were dropped during that period. And 
within the past few days Wit signed 1 33 
more station-hours a week in new business 
scheduled to start on Mutual soon. 

Among Mutual's new (or rationing) 
sponsors since December 1 are Carter 
Products, Chesapeake st Ohio, Coca-Cola, 
Kellogg, Teatron, Seven-Up. Former shows 



have been lately replaced here by < 
Cigar, Semler, Van Camp. The < 
charge of this 
Ted Bates; Calkins fc ftoldan; DTAsays 
Erwin, Wasey; Baayosl ss Till am ill; J. 
Waiter 4 



AGATHA* AKH aV COMMNY 



Program talent 
newsbeats 

scored by Mutuafs newly 
Program Deparsrnsmt Agatha ChrisJkfe 
best-selling mystery lesion cam to Ma, 
csdusively on these asrlaaes February 1m\ 
in the person of 
alsoac 
of that 

whose origiasl dramas for 1 
spines and tinkle fuawiyboae* whan hat 1 
series begins April 5. Add, saso,to s h i pop a 
lar music sky MutaaTs two 

stars, Curt) 



* * * 



Don't let reoust reticence lool youj this 
network is on «a way \ : .JJ9. And, as w« 
promised three months ago, well 1 
posted from time to ' 



This...is MUTUAL 



86 RADIO REVIEWS 



Wednesday, March 14, 1945 



"THOSE WEBSTERS" 
With Arthur Young, Jerry Spellman, 

J»ne Webb. Joan All. William 

Green, Constance Crowder 
Writers: Al .Miller. PrlscllU Kent 
Producer: Les Welnrott 
30 Mlns.; 8:30 p.m. 
QUAKER OATS CO. 
WBBM-CBS, Chicago 

(Rmlirniitf & Hymn 

Replacing "That Webster Boy" this 
show is still practically' a carbon copy 
or "The Aldrich Family" from almost 
every angle. There's the adolescent 
14-vear old high schooler, played by 
Arthur Youny, and his squeaky-' 
voiced pal. Jeep, played by Jerry 
Spellman. who • has been retained 
from Ihe "Brewster Boy" cast, and 
their girl friends. 

Laid in the small town of Sprint; 
Citv. the opening stanza of the new 
*er'ies had Billy Green i Arthur 
Young > in a jealous mood because 
his girl friend Belinda Boyd (Jane 
Webb i is writing letters to a sailor 
In Australia. To get ba«k at her he 
starts writing to a Wac., letting Be- 
linda know about it. but doesn't mail 
the letters. H'S sister (Joan Art id is- j 
covers this and tells the girl friend 
and -they proceed to turn the tables, 
but during the mixup a letter docs 
get mailed, in which Billy has en- 
closed his father's picture. Usual 
excitement occurs until letter comes 
from what they think was the Wac 
but proves to be a. gob guard at a 
Wac base which straightens out 
everything. Plot, counterplot and 
complications were tightly, woven in 
Al Miller's and Priscilla Kent's open- 
ing script but they evidently have 
orders to write the series along the 
Aldrich lines. 

Commercial is worked in cleverly 
when Bill calls his girl on the 
phone but gets Charles Irving, the 
announcer, who gives him the sales 
biz. Competently played and directed 
by. Les Wcinrott in his usual expert 
manner the stanza was amusing but 
it is doubtful that most listeners will 
even remember that it is a new show, 
preferring to think of it as the same 
show with a different name, it being 
that close in format to the old 
"Brewster Boy" scripts. Morg. 



BASEBALL QUIZ 
With Rip Collins, Joe Nolan, Guests 
13 Mlns.: Tues. & Thurs.. 7:45 p.m. 
ALBANY PACKING CO. 
WABY, Albany 

Program should be a natural for 
this red-hot baseball area. It pre- 
sents Rip Collins, manager of Al- 
bany club and most popular athlete 
In city's history: Joe Nolan, play-by- 
player of Albany games over WABY 
lor past two seasons, and competing 
teams from local business, civic. 



service and fraternal organizations. 
Combination probably cannot miss, 
but fact remains show Is not as good 
as it could be. First week's slan/.as 
were' definitely poor, by professional 
standards. Some of the faults bog- 
ging them down have been correct- 
ed: others have not. 

Collins, who hus clone considerable 
sponsored broadcasting in St. Loins. 
Chicago, Rochester. Albany and 
elsewhere during a long, .colorful 
diamond career, sounds a little new 
and strange in quizmaster role. He 
shows to less advantage than as a 
baseball commenlalor :uicl story tell- 
er. TUe oiic-time .star of St.- Louis 
"Gas House Gang" is given a brief 
spot fur reporting al end of quiz ses- 
sion, bill on several broadcasts 
caught lie did nol seem loo well pre- 
pared for the ad-libbing. Noticeable 
is fact he has not yet mastered the 
art of lllling in while contestants 
think for the answers. Ought to 
watch his voice and diction, loo. If 
it wen: possible '.o get sharper re- 
plies consistently — shol on which 
one team, composed of former play- 
ers, had a perfect score ranked 
highest — broadcasts would hold 
greater punch. Technical flaws, in- 
cluding placement of mikes and tim- 
ina. could be eliminated. Nolan, 
who acts as scorekecper. interviewer 
and announcer, generally handles 
himself well. Jcico. 



"LISTEN TO LAWRENCE" 
With Elliott Laurence orch, Jack 
. Hunter, Three Dears, Hugh Wal- 
ton, announcer 
Producer: Paul Phillips 
25 Mins.; Thurs., 12:0S-12:30 
Sustaining 

WC AC-CBS, Philadelphia 

Elliott Lawrence (nee Broza. son 
of Stan Broza, WCAU program chief) 
has collected an aggregation of 10 
looters', all with big league back- 
grounds and has molded them into 
an all-around outfit which can play 
sweel or-hot with equal eclat. P!:iv- 
ing two network (CBS) shots per 
week and innumerable dance dales 
since its origin, the band is develop- 
ing into a comer. 

Young Lawrence, with a back- 
ground of longhair musical training 
(guy has received awards for tone 
poems, etc.) handles the keyboard 
chore as \vell as wanding trie crew 
and is a personable k-id on the 
podium. Feature of his band is a 
"French horn/' a rarity fn swing 
units. 

Arrangements are by Gerry Mul- 
ligan, formerly with Tommy Tucker. 
Vocalists with the band are Jack 
Hunter, Marine dischargee formerly 
with Jpey Kearns; and a ferrime trio, 
the "Three Dears." Shol. 



RAYMOND MOLEY 

(Commentator) 

1.1 Mlns.; Sun., 8:16 p.m. 

Sustaining 

WJZ-Blue, N. Y. 

Newest addition to the ranks of 
network commentators is Raymond 
Molev, who by background and ex- 
perience should be equipped to 
gather and interpret the outstand- 
ing political -economic developments 
of the week. Under the Blue net- 
work' avowed policy of dishing up 
the news in a better-balanced and 
more interesting variety and as part 
of an expanded News and News Fea- 
ture Dept. setup which is spoiling 
such new shows on Ihe web as 
"Headline Edition" and -"Washington 
Story." the Blue has. given over the 
8:15-8:30 Sunday night slol to the 
ex-New Dealer. It appears the net- 
work moguls have been disturbed of 
laic because the Blue scales have 
tipped loo far in one direction and 
therefore have chosen Molcy as a 
"conservative, conscientious, middle- 
of-the-road commenlalor." The 
Blue's been cognizant of the situa- 
tion for some months but bided its 
time until the right guy came along. 

-In his initial commentary spiel 
last Sunday (11 1 Molcy didn't delve 
loo deeply. His analysis, for one 
thing, revealed no new viewpoint or 
approach. The overall effect was 
more in the nature of a recapitula- 
tion of the latest war and economic 
issues with no undue penetration. 
True, he ventured the positive asser- 
tions that il would be a just retribu- 
tion for the Germans to pay for Ihe 
destruction wrought by the Nazis in 
Russia by providing the manpower 

10 rebuild the Soviet Union: again 
he gave his okay on Fred M. Vinson 
as the new Federal loan administra- 
tor, yet all else was more in the 
nature of straight reporting. 

Nor was any of it enhanced by 
Moley's lack of color or feeling. The 
"conservatism" was carried to an 
extreme by his script -rim-through 
in a monotone that gave little im- 
pression that the convictions were 
personal. The sad truth is that when 

11 comes to air personality. Moley 
only accentuates the negative. 

Rosa. 



"GATEWAYS TO PEACE" 
(Forum Discussion) 
Producer: Florence Warner 
Moderator: Victor Rosenblum 
30 Mlns.; Sun., 3 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WHOM, N. Y. 

In cooperation with Columbia Uni- 
versity, Barnard College and the 
United Nations Information Council, 
WHOM has been airing a weekly 



forum designed to acquaint Its audi- 
ence with problems confronting va- 
rious of the United Nations. Show 
originates in one of the auditoriums 
at Columbia University, and stu- 
dents question experts representing 
the nation under discussion. 

In last Sunday'i (11) fifth stanza, 
a pair of Columbia profs, one of the 
leaders of "France Forever," and 
Pierre Gerrigue, one' of the two 
radio men who arrived from France 
two weeks ago, acted as the experts. 
They provided the historical back- 
ground, of problems currently facing 
thai country, and indicated ways in 
which Americans can assist French 
rehabilitation. 

Outstanding participant in the 
show was the student moderator, 
Victor Rosenblum. He has excellent 
radio presence and good voice, gave 
the show lempo, and kept the forum 
from bogging down inlo aimless 
chatter. 



"IT'S A CHILD'S WORLD" 
Producer: James McAndrrw 
25 Mins.; Sun., 4:30 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WNYC, N. Y. 

A new venture in educational 
radio was launched Sunday (111 by 
New York's municipal station, in co- 
operation with the city's Board of 
Education. Thirteen programs will 
be aired every week, some of the 
shows lo be caught in classrooms, 
where they will supplement the 
more traditional curricula. Aim of 
the entire series, however, is not 
only to help educate the students but 
also to knii students, teachers and 
parents into one Integrated whole, 
thinking community- wise about 
common problems. 

Opening stanza was not very suc- 
cessful. It lacked pace and interest; 
a number of the lay participants ob- 
viously suffered from mike-fright- 
there was no effort to enliven, the 
program with a professional voice or 
two. although some of the material 
lent itself very well to such a device. 

However, the show did bring par- 
ents, teachers and students to a com- 
mon platform, where some of their 
problems could be threshed oul on 
an adult level. It was a good try. 



St. Louis.— A divorce, to become 
effective upon sighing of a property 
stipulation, was awarded last week 
to Mrs. Joan Harriett Cornwell from 
Harold Blaine Cornwell, Jr., former 
program director at KMOX by Cir- 
cuit Judge Charles B. Williams. 
Cornwell is now an Army private, 
stationed at Ft. Jackson, S. C. 



"FUN AND FOLLY" 

With Ed and Polly Eait, Murphy 

Slitera, Herb Sheldon, Jerry 

Jerome orch 
Director: Joe MansBeld 
30 Mini.; Mon.-Frl., • a.m. 
Sustaining 
WEAF-NBC, N. Y. 

Veteran Ed ("Sisters of the 
Skillet") East and his wife, Polly, 
have carried over in loto the format 
of their Blue network "Ladies Be 
Seated" program for this NBC post- 
breakfasl airer but the senior net- 
work has provided them with. a firll- 
sized house band under Jerry 
Jerome's baton and the three Mur- 
phy sisters in place of an organist 
and tenor Lee Sullivan, formerly 
heard on the audience participation-' 
stanza. 

Unfortunately, the extra expendi- 
ture hardly seems worth while in- 
asmuch as the East approach is 
strictly from mazola and doesn't 
seem lo tie together the necessary 
ingredients for n sock commercial 
stanza. While on the Blue, great 
claims were made regarding" the 
program's mail pulling prowess and 
several all out campaigns by the 
sales staffers were launched trving 
to land a sponsor. But Ivory soap. 
United Fruit and a coupla breakfast 
food -outfits jusl couldn't make up 
their minds and after a year the 
Easls bowed oul of their 2:30 p.m. 
spot. 

The 9 a.m. timing might make a 
difference but it would seem that a 
programming hypo was more in 
order than the time switch. Such 
hackneyed business as East,lntroing 
himself and frau, day after dav. as 
"that young,- romantic couple' plus 
the monotonous, feeble gag about 
the "best audience we ever had" 
may have been laugh provokers once 
but they land far wide of the target 
these days. 

Routine interviews marked by 
East's forced laughter and obvious 
efforts to instill an "aren't we hav- 
ing fun" element can't be entirely 
blamed on him, considering the sort 
of participants shows sucn as this 
are bound to run into. It's grim 
listening, nevertheless. 

The paid entertainment, Murphy 
sisters and Jerome's orch, measure 
tip okay. On show caught (14) the 
girLs harmonized "You Belong to My 
Heart" end Johnny Mercer's latest, 
"Candy," ably backed up by the 
house crew of 802ers. Announcer 
Herb Sheldon officiates as go-be- 
tween in the interviews whioh fea- 
ture funny (?) prizes and cash 
awards as inducements tor the folks 
to get up and provide NBC listeners 
(Continued on page 38) 



w ESr coast »e-*o 



S0L0H6 I 

THANKS FOR 5 GREAT YEARS 
IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION 
OF HAPPY CONSEQUENCES. 
HOLLYWOOD 

doesn't tempt you, 

BUT THAT'S 

NEWVORK'S 
GAIN. 



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Wftduflsday. March 14, 1945 




'Ql'IZ KIDS" 
(Blue Network) 

With Joe Kelly, Richard Williams. 

Joel Kup|>erman, tl.u v:- Klschmsiri, 

Tat Conliiri 
Superviser: Paul Mowrey 
Dirr-clor: Harvey Marlowe 
Mins.; Tucs. (6), H p.m. 
MILES I.ABOKATORIKS 
WMtD-DiiMdnt, N. Y 

m . 

i ticedhum. Louis & Brorbri/) 
Unlit -snc-h time as the technical 
ki-iks in television arc ironed out. i 
will he a lough proposition lo pul i 
a video program for .10 niimiU 
which will meet the approval of an 
critical eye>. But the Blue- last 
Tuesday Mi> camcraed a liijihl.v en- 
tertaining radi<i package on Dn- 
Monts WABD that '.enrilsell readily 
to smart video fare; 

Joe Kelly and the "Quiz Kids." in 
N. Y. on a lour for (he Rod Oos.-. 
came under the heated kleig lights, 
and while their portion of ihc pro- (let 
grain was swiftly-paced and grooved ; by 



| with showmanship, the youngslers 
'really sulTered from Ihc heai and 
glare of Ihe niazcias. They fussed. 
■ fidgeted, sweated, blinked and were 
; noticeably uncomfortable., li v f « 



plane query. In panning out at the 

close of the "Quiz Kids' portion of 

the program Ihe cameras were 

moved loo quickly, resulting jn a 

loo-hasty fadeoul. Commercial at 

ihe end was trite and far too lone. 

Sleii. 



MASSIMO'S HAI.I.KT 
I With Kalhrrinr Lee, Anna Lslomlita, 
Ivan Kirov. Serge Ismalloff 



Radio Reviews 



Continued from pave J* i 



then (hey came through with an- . |.,. 0 d„ cei . : »,. || c , i Graf 
swers lo questions that drew plenty ( horeograpl ei : l.ronlile Massine 
of heai ly chuckles. ; Seenery: X. Kay Kelly 

An 'obvious- technical Haw With ! Technical director: Howard Gronherf 
lelevislon nt present, as revealed by ! Asst. producer: Kinm Id Oxford 
at least one of the sight questions, is j 15 Alius.: Sun.. 9 p.m. 
the inability of (he cameras lo be ! W.N'BT, N. Y. 

,ocu.-eii lor cl.iscups. This .iiyw| Tho u , lv0 bailor numbers staged 
p.iilod the commercials, loo. when ; fspcciallv lor lelevision and presenl- 
loscuos would have iiomled up Ihe I e( i „„ WNBT Sundav HI I night, 
packaee encasing (he sponsor's prod- proved an interesting but -quite Ju- 
liets: Bui thai is something that will ,. olu -|,isivi- venlure.' Numbers con- 
be w orked (mi by equipmeiil maim:- | s istcd ol a solo and two duels: there 

faclurers. ! was no corps do ballet to answer the , 

Sealed in a schoolroom sotting and qucsron how a- group of dancers , 
.dressed -in cap and i;iran. the !;id< ■ spread out or leaping over a wide -BETTY,. M 0 O R K 
and Iheir quizmaster gut down li> I canvas w ; ould show up on the tele- j • CLUB" 

business 'following an morlong plug j vized screen. And lhal was what one , wilh Margaret McDonald, Johnny 
lor Alka-Seltzer and 1-A-Day rab- | viewer was constantly conscious of Thompson, George Gunn, Doph 
Initial question was answered | on Sunday— Ihe limited space. . Ihe Goble 
cven-vear-old Pat C.mlon. who ! narrowed locus, in which the dancers 



with what sometime* passes for en- 
tertainment. 

Not necessary to delve into the 
interview techniques but j list to 
give an idea — a young serviceman 
and his bride were introduced and 
then questioned as to which was 
"boss" of l)ie family. They got $10. 

East's, .skillet-hammering' trade- 
mark is used coming on and going 
off air With "Roll Oul the Barrel"', 
as greeting tune and "Pack Up Your 
Troubles" heralding signofT. "Folly" 
i might turn oul lo be commercially 
I valuable bul it'll never win a Pea- 
body award nor does it. seem to 
measure iip to NBC's recent ulti- 
I malum that only good shows are 
! worthy, of NBC airtime. Dunn.. 



S TRIANGLE 




M-G-M't 



Mu»k ler Million*" 

Friday 



Now C.l.MI'il. I'ltOGKAM 
10 n.m.. KIVT 



Mil.: LOU CLAYTON 



; named (lie hon.es in' Ihe head and 
body. F illowed a query concerning 
: Broadway plays with cards selling 
Ihe scene. However, this question 
missed!.. lire because video audicifce 
could not see the cards due lo lack 
, of closeup. Then Joel Kuppcrman 
was given the floor fur a math qucs- 
: tioli scripted on a blackboard. Sur- 
: prising ly.. Ihe youngster: who is a 
crackci jack at this type of gimmick, 
slowed up the whole show because: 
iie didn't know the answer. 

The youths were (hen -asked to de- 
scribe Ihe hats Iheir mo: hers were 
weal ing that night, and' this query 
led to best remarks and .situations of 
• show. Kids wore in the groove on 
j this one. Cards wilh Ihc names of 
| military leaders scrambled came 
i next, followed by a question on col- 
: lege songs, a Bible, auiz and an air- 



Producer: George Wtesl 



performed. Apparently quite delib- , ., Vl .„ , rR MtHnn 
eralely the choreographer kept Ins 
d ince-palleri^s lo a limited sphere, 
afraid lhal Ihe lens couldn't follow _. v 

a dancer (asl enough if : he or she • w,/ ' ?Bn,fl 1 
made any' long leap or jeles thai 
would carry them swifllv from one 
side of Ihe hall to Ihe other. This 
caution may also account for what 
was in Die main uninspired choreog- 
raphy, especially in Ihe last of the 
three numbers. "Anlai " 



IS Mlns.; Sal.. Il::t0 a.m. 
BEN J. MOORE PAINT CO, 
line, N. Y. 

tSl. Georyes St Keyest 
This newcomer to Ihc Blue's Sat- 
urday a.m. sked shapes up as little 
more than 15 minutes of tiresome 
plugging of Moore paints wilh 
i Johnny Thompson's one song, al the 
i 10-minute mark, providing Ihe only 
"The three ballet bits were prepared , e iief. And relief is needed on this 
by Lconide Massme. brilliant dancer- „ nc a \ mos[ as bndlv as it's needed 
choreographer now', connected with ollt in t | le Ohio river flood territory. 
Ihe Ballet Theatre, and produced un- , The formal idea of having ! 
der the eye of Dr. Herbert Graf, Met , Belly Moore (Margaret McDonald) 
Opera and NBC stage director. The | B j ve out interminably with advice 



"PRESS CONFERENCE" 

With John Roy Carlson, Taylur 

. Grant, others 
Producer: Jack Grogan 
IS Mlns.: Sat., 5 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WNEW, N. Y. . 

High-school reporters' in N. Y. C 
are being given an opportunity to 
display their writing abililv in' this 
new WNEW series. Ten of them in- 
terviewed John Roy Carlson, author 
of "Under Cover." on the initial pro- 
gram last Saturday UOi. and. if this 
stanza is any criterion, the series ■ 
should make for interesting lisleiiiiiu 
lo persons of all ages. 

> Gimmick to egg the kids on is lhal 
Ihe station gives away a leii-sput lo 
Ihe reporter, who wriles ihe besl 
slory on the interview for his paper 
each week. Each semester, a $1:10 
war bond will be awarded for (he 
best slory during the school lerm. 

Carlson proved lo' be a willing 
subject, answering Ihe questions of 
the youths slraigtforwardly and with 
a sense of showmanship. ' hvpoino, 
the slanzn Tor the: listeners al home. 

i'lCII. 



presentation as a whole was dis- 



how 



to decorate various 




G 



THEY RESPOND pacify TO 

WLS 

On our Saturday morning program 
on gardening, 7:45 to 8 a. m., a 
manufacturer of rooting and other 
hovmones offered just once a list of 
the best vegetable varieties lor home 
gardene* «, 

One week later, without further 
mention, we had received over 2200 
requests! 

Because WLS speaks with "The 
Voice of a Friend in Midwest Amer- 
ica"; because our programs are care- 
fully planned to meet the needs of 
the people who live in our four-etate 
market of cities, towns, and farms, 
our listeners respond quiekly to WLS. 
See a John Blair man for other factual 
reports on direct arid immediate re- 
sponse to WLS at any lime of day. 



appointing- for allelic brilliant names , ,. ()0ms „ le home )lai . d i v adds up 
behind it. Only satis acloiy ballet ; , 0 even fair showmanship. She de- 
was the Inst, a sols by Katharine ; scl . ibed „ s j inp | y diickv kitchen on 
Lee to ihe music or Bach s "Cha- t the p ,. C em. recommending liberal 
conne. The choreography being > n ! doses of Moore's oyster white, tulip 
abstract. classic sly e. Miss Lees p.- | ,. cd $ky bkie t .,. oclls ye n OWi ,. 0 yal 
rouetlmg. toe-work and gracelul i bllle pink anci g ,. een p i(!menls in 
arm-movements suited the mood ol what , ovei . the ai| .. sounded like one 




music and slaved in the period style 
Second ballet, a scene from Massine's 
"Blue Danube." set to the familiar 
Strauss waltz, and depicting, a flirta- 
tion between a street dancer and 
Austrian .officer, was a complete bust. 
Bad sludio lighting kept the charac- 
ters indistinct, so that, they were 
merely silhouettes. Effect was all 
wasted, which was a pity, since this 
promised lo be the most colorful of 
the three .umbers. Final work, 
danced by Miss Lee and Ivan Kirov, 
lo Rimsky-Korsakov's "Antar.'' was 
dull, pedestrian ballet, consisting of 
posturings instead of dance, with 
various unattractive acrobatic move- 
ments and contortions passing for 
ballet. Bron. 



Follow-up Comment 



They've Anally gotten around to 
skirting the ruts arid detours on the 
Saturday aflernoon CBS "Carolina 
Havride." which originates out of 
Jcs.< Willard's WBT in Charlotte. 
There's still some corn left in Ihe 
half-hour sfanza. but it's digestible 
corn and seasoned to all tastes. Last 
Saturday's HO) program was very 
listenable. a reflection • of musical 
Americana, with production and pro- 
gramming of network stature. With 
Charlie Briarhopper'.s emceeing and 
spotting of such diversified home- 
made talent as the Tennessee Ram- 
blers. Ma Johnson's Family, . the 
Southland Jubilee Singers. the 
Rangers Quartet, etc., "Hayrido's" 
come a long way since its bow-in 
several months ago. 



With all recent discussion on 
France's position in the postwar 
world, last Thursday's (8) Town 
Hall program on the Blue held par- 
ticular significance for radio listen- 
ers. Even in spite of a certain num- 
ber of heckling questions Irom the 
Town Hall audience, one even hint- 
ing that a speaker was trying to 
peddle French ideologies,, it made 
for good listening: Line-up'of speak- 
ers, with Richard de Rochemont and 
Leon Henderson on affirmative side, 
and Lew